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Sent: Monday, February 15, 2021 5:27 PM
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Subject: In our Shady Oaks yard, 2-15-21 Rusty Blackbird takes American Goldfinch
 
We were about to go out and put warm water in the bubbler and fill feeders. I looked out to see a Rusty Blackbird grab an American Goldfinch as it flew to the area. It killed it and took it into the basin area and proceeded to eat it. I was stunned. I had never heard of this behavior with the Rusties. Other birds came in, two partook though one may have been the initial bird.

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We went out a bit later, removed the carcass and flushed the basin with boiling water and hydrogen peroxide. What a tough time for the birds!

Margy Terpstra
Kirkwood, St. Louis CO, MO
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