Re: predator corvids
Arlene and all,
Excerpts from The Birds of North America online account for American Crow. From this it seems that preying on full-sized (not young) passerines is limited but well known. Probably the same for ravens but I didn’t check the account for them. I’d be curious how far the crow flew with the sparrow.
Omnivorous. Wide variety of invertebrates (terrestrial and intertidal marine); amphibians; reptiles; small birds and mammals
Carries food to nest in antelingual pouch at base of throat. Transports larger food items in bill (e.g., clams, Bayer 1984c ; American Robin [Turdus migratorius ] nestling; CC) or occasionally in feet
Takes eggs and/or nestlings of a wide variety of birds, such as Common Loon (Gavia immer ; McIntyre 1977a); ground-nesting ducks (Kalmbach 1937b); Least Tern (Brunton 1997); Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus ; Marzluff 1985); Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica ; Verbeek 1973b); American Robin (CC); and Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis ; Wheelwright et al. 1997).
San Diego, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports