Competition

Category: Outdoor Scenes

 

Photo and caption by Sara Matasick

Who can reach the highest? These nestlings compete for every morsel of food mom delivers. While monitoring the expanding Steller's Jay population in California redwood forests, a team of researchers and I found this Steller's Jay nest. Steller's Jay diet is supplemented by food left in campgrounds, which helps augment their population. Corvids like jays are known to predate on other birds, so with more jays, the risk of predation on birds like the endangered Marbled Murrelet increases. Ironically, a week later this nest was predated upon and only feathers remained.

Location: Boulder Creek, California, United States

 

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