Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Just Viewed in the Backyard

I keep a few birdfeeders in my backyard, which draw about 14 different species of birds, and they are a source of viewing pleasure with an early morning cigar and coffee.  Just a moment ago, I noticed something I had not seen before.  There were a half-a-dozen English sparrows, all a twitter, chasing a Blue Jay in the brush at the back of the yard.  Not necessarily unusual, except for the fact that, typically, when a Blue Jay comes to the feeders, the other birds usually all give way.  So why were the sparrows chasing the Blue Jay?  Because the Blue Jay, in search of protein, had evidently raided the sparrow nest.  The evidence was a freshly hatched bird, which I am assuming was a sparrow, dangling the Blue Jay’s beak.  The sparrows were not happy, I guess.

Posted by John Venlet on 05/25 at 06:43 AM
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