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Lawrence Goldfinch Eating Egg of Mourning Dove

James L. Ortega
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
47
Issue: 
1 (January-February)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1945
Pages: 
41

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. 

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