Just my week of fun.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SpottedCrow, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Two days after Obelisk went AWOL, I heard EE,EE and I was like "ok that's a hawk...well I went out a couple of hours later and I had some feathers in the yard. ok that means that dinner wasn't from my yard. I look next door and it's like a pillow factory explosion...they're a nice couple with a year old daughter...I didn't want to have them have to explain this to her. So I went over and picked up as many feathers as I could...I looked where alot of the feathers were and there was a very surprised looking pigeon looking up at me...Sort of like, Have you seen the rest of me? So that went into the bag too...
    Now this past week, there's been a robin making a nest in the maple sapling outside my dining room window...she was sitting yesterday all day, but disappearing around dusk. I figured that maybe it was poop and eat time and she'd be back. Well she wasn't there this morning, nor this afternoon...I was afraid that I disturbed her and she took off. Well, I wish that was the case, because I found the whole top of the nest on the ground and the remains of 2 lovely blue eggs broken and eaten. I feel really bad, but I would've felt worse if she had been setting longer and there were chicks. DH thinks it was a squirrel and seeing as how I saw one eat a baby sparrow, it wouldn't surprise me...but what else could've done it? Any other ideas?
     
  2. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Was the pigeon alive?
     
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Nope, just his head was there...It was a guy down the street's racing pigeon...guess that's an easy way to cull the slow ones.[​IMG]
     
  4. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    A squirrel ate a baby sparrow??! [​IMG]
    Holey purple socks, I never thought of them as predators!!
    Bird food stealing, bird feeder chewing, annoyances, yes, but...man, the things I learn here! [​IMG]
     
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  5. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Squirrels are the leading predators of small baby birds and eggs in most suburban areas. They are actually quite aggressive predators of small, weak creatures. I'd be willing to be money it was a squirrel.

    Other than that, a raccoon would be a good guess.

    -MTchick
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Haven't seen a masked bandit since I treed the one that killed Tom...
    I even had a squirrel jump out of a tree onto Obelisk's back and start punching her in the head with it's furry fists. I chased it away and that's when he went and scooped out the sparrow baby...blech.
    The male robin was on top of the neighbour's house looking for his mate, I would guess. she's long gone...but a sparrow was checking out the base of the nest.
     
  7. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
    Maine
    Ok, that's horrible...

    But the mental image you drew just gave me this crazy cartoon squirrel with boxing gloves, punching away and going, EH! EH!Gotcha! Take that! And THAT'S for giving me a dirty look! EH!" And.. um.. I had to laugh. So my apologies... Ok.. still trying to stop...

    But.. still horrible. I felt kinda bad that we have NONE on our property (haven't seen any since the first summer 3 years ago). My cats are big hunters. Guess I'll stop feeling quite so bad about it now.

    -Meghan
     
  8. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sounds like a case of 'Squirrels gone Wild'. Heh heh..okay, I'm with QotL on this one. Funny mental image. Glad Obelisk was okay, though.
     
  9. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Try to remember to start out with everyones ok but......
    You scared me untill I got down 5 or six sentences. We need a Whew!!!! smilie

    Funny, sounds like its time for squirrel dinner. [​IMG]
     
  10. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I had never seen anything like it either...It was like Holy Sheepdip Batman!! Get off my bird you very rodent!
     

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