Thursday, July 21, 2016

Red squirrel predation on wood thrush nest

We've been monitoring a dozen Wood Thrush nests this summer and about half have failed. We didn't have cameras on them until recently so we weren't sure why they failed. Yesterday, I finally checked out an SD card from a camera that was on a nest in Schnecksville, PA - an area of farmland. 

One photo shows a red squirrel pulling a young fledgling out of the nest. What's remarkable is that red squirrels are largely restricted to pines. So what's this guy doing? 

This nest was doubly damned. It also had a cowbird egg. So even if the squirrel didn't consume the nestlings the cowbird would likely kick out all the nestlings. 

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