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Rachel Park

Annandale, Virginia, USA


Outside, I found this egg while a bluejay was in the middle of eating it. I’m sad that it was eaten by a blue jay, but that’s what blue jays love to eat. (When they can find it.) I don’t know what songbird egg this so please ID!

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Partly Eaten Songbird Egg ID!? 🙁

When I found this songbird egg, I was gardening and didn’t even notice it. A blue jay pecking at something on the ground drew my attention to it. When I went to see what it was, I found this small blue egg. Apparently, the blue jay was in the middle of eating it, but it flew away when I went to see what it was eating.

23 responses to “Partly Eaten Songbird Egg ID!? 🙁”

  1. Caleb Koser says:

    Eastern Bluebird?

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  3. Texas Bird Family says:

    Eastern Bluebird or American Robin.

  4. Texas Bird Family says:

    Remember that it is illegal to have bird eggs and feathers. Its also illegal to harass, kill or disturb any native bird.

    • Rachel Park says:

      Yes, I’m keeping that in mind, but is it all right to keep an empty eggshell that’s fallen to the ground?

  5. Caleb Koser says:

    The egg is not owned once it’s fallen to the ground.

  6. Violet says:

    I think that’s a catbird egg. Seems like a better color match than robin or bluebird. Size would help.
    Also I have a collection of feathers I found and I think it’s completely fine…don’t tell anyone…

    • Texas Bird Family says:

      It’s illegal to own feathers. If you have bird feeders than enjoy the birds without breaking the law to have feathers.

    • Texas Bird Family says:

      Collecting bird feathers could cost you a $15,000 fine. Violators of the MBTA can be penalized with fines of up to $150,000 and/or serve six months of jail time. That’s a steep price to pay for a feather. Collecting bird feathers is illegal because of Migratory Bird Treaty Act. There is no exemption for molted feathers or those taken from road- or window-killed birds.

    • Texas Bird Family says:

      It’s not just “fine” it’s a crime that can put you in jail.

  7. Caleb Koser says:

    I won’t. You should just put the feathers back outside.

    • Texas Bird Family says:

      Yes, the law is more important than a collection. It’s not just “fine”. It’s illegal.

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