Thursday, July 20, 2006

Drama in the Desert

This morning I heard agitated bird sounds and I discovered almost every kind of bird, all congregated in one tree, squawking their hearts out. Then, I saw a snake (Coachwhip) descend from the tree with a small bird which I'm guessing was a fledgling. It slithered into the bushes with the bird. After awhile the birds calmed down.

Later, in the afternoon, I heard squawking again on the other side of the house and I saw a number of different bird species harassing the snake. The Gray Thrasher was actually jabbing the snake repeatedly with its sharp beak as the snake slithered into the bushes. Wow. It all happened too fast to get a photo.