We have a number of bird boxes for Eastern Bluebirds to nest in and every few weeks I’ll make the rounds and check them, cleaning out old nests and making sure the boxes are in good repair. Today as I checked the boxes I found this curled up happily in a nest box that was being used by a pair of bluebirds.
“She” is a corn snake that is native to this region. She most likely ate the baby birds that were in the nest but that’s how it goes. I removed her from the bird box and sent her on her way further out in the pasture (2nd pic). It was sad to think that the baby birds were eaten but snakes are an important part of the ecosystem. This one will go on to eat lots of bugs and rodents. She’s welcome to all she can eat!