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This bird, which usually eats nuts, seeds and insects in the summertime, had caught what I was told was a worm snake (Carphophis amoenus), although someone else suggested it could be some species of brown or earth snake. At one point, the bird flew further away from me and unfortunately dropped the snake in flight near the creek. I remained watching and about five minutes later, the bird had caught the snake again and flew off with it.
The Brumley Nature Preserve North is an area with meadows, woods, a creek and ponds. This bird caught the snake near the creek.
This was a very surprising spotting as I had never heard of titmice eating snakes. They come to my feeders often for nuts and seeds. The bird was very determined to hang on to its catch.
Spotted on Dec 8, 2018
Submitted on Feb 5, 2019
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