[Tweeters] Scrub Jay eats a bird

D R somegum2 at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 6 09:24:17 PDT 2017

Hi Tweets.
I was walking with my dog here in Wallingford when a scrub jay flew past carrying something. He landed in a low tree and I saw that he held a dead chickadee! I watched him pulling off feathers. At one point the chickadee's head broke off. The jay had one foot on a branch and one foot holding the chickadee body and the head in his beak. I wondered what he would do next: eat the head whole? Drop the head to continue working on the body? I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when he leaned over and tucked the head into the crook of a branch. Satisfied that the head was not going anywhere, he turned his attention back to the body. Yummy red stuff in there! The bird flew off but retuned later for the head which it carried away.
Dave Robichaud

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