I thought you all might be interested in hearing this birding story because it seemed so unlikely to happen.
We have a friend here in Randolph, Brian Lowe, who owns and maintains about 25 Kestrel breeding boxes. This is a lot of work for him but he is intensely interested in Kestrels and birding in general. We always consult him when we are in doubt about identifying birds we have seen or heard. We are also in awe of the amount of effort he puts into making sure the young Kestrels are comfortable. Additionally, he makes a yearly record of the number of fledges, etc. He really does not have much time for emailing so we decided to tell his story.
On Monday he was checking some of his boxes to see if how many fledglings they held. Much to his surprise, in one of his boxes there were three nestlings, ten days old. (He can tell that from feather development). The amazing thing was that one of the nestlings was eating a snake, whole. The head was down it's throat, who knows how far, and it was trying to get the rest of it down. It was a small to medium size garter snake and dead. Of course the decision was shall Brian try to pull it out or let it be.
Brian decided to let nature take its course and stop back it a couple of days to see what happened. We'll let you know.