• Snakes and Birds

    25 days ago - By Ornithology

    Mrs Ornithologist with Gopher Snake
    My wife visited her two horses at the stable where they are kept and found two large gopher snakes in the rafters of the barn. One had a nestling House Sparrow in its jaws. The snakes were transported away and released unharmed.
    I used to think that blaming nest failure on snakes was like attributing social ills to communism - when you can't think of any other reason, it must be snakes. Well, there is some validity to that according to an article in the Journal of Avian Biology 45: 325-333, 2014 which I have excerpted and shortened as follows:
    “Predation...
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