[Tweeters] Scrub Jay eats a bird

JERRY D AND MARCENE D'ADDIO jmdaddio at msn.com
Tue Jun 6 19:14:26 PDT 2017

Here's one for the Chickadees... This morning from inside my house I saw a moth trapped between my window and screen. I went outside through my back door, removed the screen, and the moth quickly flew out, zipped away to the north. I came back inside. About 15 minutes later my husband, Jerry, walks up to the same back door and says "Who's this?" Evidently the moth had zipped into the house and sort of collapsed on the floor. Jerry picked up the moth and gently gave the moth flight back into the yard. As the moth was just taking wing a chickadee swooped in and nailed the moth. The chickadee landed in a rhododendron with the moth. Over the past several days we have had chickadee parents, both Chestnut-backed and Black-capped feeding their young in the trees around our feeders. One lucky chickadee family shared the unlucky moth.

-Marcy D'Addio
Redmond, WA
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Subject: [Tweeters] Scrub Jay eats a bird
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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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