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Re: Bluebirds & Snakes
GINNY GILLAM wrote:
>I hope none of you are very fond of snakes as the snake's story is not a
>happy one. After that little male bluebird had worked so hard to raise his
>four little nestlings we were not about for them to meet their mother's
>tragic end. The BB gun did not have enough power to bring him down from the
>tree. My husband is a law enforecement officer so when he arrived on the
>scene it was just a matter of minutes before the crime scene was under
>control. Needless to say the snake was no more of a problem. However, this
>was not their only close call. A week or so later a neighbor's dog came into
>the yard as the fledglings were leaving the nest so once again I had to come
>to the rescue. I hope this year's brood will not have all the excitement of
What a sad story.
If you put out nestboxes that attract bluebirds, you're essentially
putting out snake food for Black Ratsnakes and other native creatures
that prey upon eggs, chicks, or adults. The responsible thing to do
is either find some non-fatal way to prevent predators from entering
the box, or let nature take its course.
I find the phrase "crime scene" an odd way to describe a case of
natural predation, when the real crime here was the use of firearms
to dispatch the snake.
Curiously, there are folks in the world--myself included--who admire
and enjoy snakes as much as other folks do birds. I have yet to hear
any herpetologist say that he kills Red-tailed Hawks just because
they prey upon his beloved snakes.
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