Thieves In The Leaves
The drama shown below played out a few days ago in Griggs Reservoir Park.
Eastern Wood Pewee
Working on it’s nest.
The work continues.
Then an uninvited visitor arrives. The pewee dive booms the invader in an futile effort to chase it away. The masked robber is helping itself to the material in the pewee nest.
The invader flies off and the pewee returns and tries to repair the damage.
With the waxwing set to return it appears to be a hopeless task.
The Cedar Waxwing returns.
It continues to disassemble the pewee nest.
The finishing touches.
There’s not much left.
The recipient of the stolen nesting material is only about 25 feet away.
Cedar Waxwings don’t appear to be real fussy about where they get nesting material or what type of nesting material (monofilament fishing line) it is.
The masked bandit.
It wasn’t clear if the waxwing behavior was motivated by the existence of a readily available source of nesting material or if the pewee nest was just too close. Whatever the motivation nature’s drama is sometimes hard to watch. Thanks for stopping by.
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