Nature, Red in Tooth and Claw

June 11, 2007 psipsina

Walking across the Boston Public Garden today, I saw what I thought was a starling chasing a sparrow.  It caught the thing and actually attacked it, something I’ve never seen a starling do.  I tried shooing the bigger bird away, but there was this little gang of them circling, and the little bird didn’t have a chance, even though it seemed more stunned than harmed.  And because the T sucked this morning, I was already late for work.  Best let nature take its course, I thought.

The bigger, darker birds were not starlings – they had the long, flat, fannish tails that bluejays have, but they were dark and iridescent like starlings.  They were not big enough to be ravens or crows, so I have no clue what they were.  (Messing around in http://identify.whatbird.com, I think they might be some kind of grackle, though it doesn’t say anything about grackles beating up on sparrows.)

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