BACKYARD SECRET – LITTLE-KNOWN NEST PREDATORS

        Now that the nesting season is in full swing, the birds nesting in our backyards face formidable odds trying to fledge their young. As we all know, many nesting attempts end in failure due the fact predators eat both eggs and young.
       A list of the better-known nest predators includes crows, blue jays, raccoons, rat snakes, and opossums. However, there are a number of other animals that also eat eggs and/or nestlings. For example, would you believe deer mice, flying squirrels, and eastern chipmunks also raid bird nests?
      I find it amazing that cardinals, mockingbirds, bluebirds, and other backyard nesters are able to raise as many young as they do.

2 thoughts on “BACKYARD SECRET – LITTLE-KNOWN NEST PREDATORS

  1. This information makes me even happier that I encountered “my good Snake” the other day in my close by back yard. I am hoping for fewer chip monks.

    • They do like chpmunks, We just need a balance between the critters in our backyards–you can have too many of some backyard residents.

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