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English Sparrow Attacking Tree Swallow Nestling
I happened onto this nesting box at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. The door had fallen open and at first, I though it might be abandoned. I stayed in my car and at a good distance in case it had eggs or young. I was admiring the nest of feathers when I saw Tree Swallows entering to feed a tiny upturned head with its mouth wide open.
It wasn't too long when there was all this commotion with a flock of about five birds swarming into and around the nest box. I saw the flicker of the English Sparrow who was chased off. Lots of the front feathers from the nest flew out of the box. I hope he didn't do the youngster in. I don't know for sure because I got permission to close the box and give the babies a better chance of survival.
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