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Neighborhood Watch: How Redwings Protect Their Babies

Advantages to Redwings chasing crows:

  • This may keep crows from noticing nests.
  • One redwing can help protect the nests of dozens of other redwings.
  • Even after crows have noticed the nests, the size and strength of a redwing can drive a crow away.


Disadvantages

  • Sometimes if a redwing isn't careful, it can get hurt by bonking into the crow or being attacked.
  • During the time the redwing is chasing the crow, it can't be feeding or finding food for its babies.
  • Other dangerous nest predators, like snakes and cats, might sneak in while the redwing is off chasing crows.

 
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