Lawrence Goldfinch Eating Egg of Mourning Dove
Lawrence Goldfinch Eating Egg of Mourning Dove---On June 1, 1944, I noticed a female Lawrence Goldfinch (SPinus lawrencei) in a gulch overgrown with weeds. It flew into the lower branch of a small oak tree and there ate something in the nest of a Mourning Dove. I approached to learn what was of so much interest to this bird. In the.nest were two eggs; one was whole and the other was-punctured. The Lawrence Goldfinch was eating the contents of the egg. I have watched many Lawrence Goldfinches, hut have never before seen them feeding on the eggs of any species of bird. While they are not so common here as the Green-backed Goldlinch, they are not scarce. I do not know how the egg of the dove was first punctured; whether it was pierced by this goldfinch or not is open to question. The puncture, however, was not very large.-JAMES L. ORTEGA, Peso Nobles, California, August 1, 1944.