June 12 - At about 10 PM, I went to check on the wrens. As I approached the box in the dim light, I saw something light-colored where I should have seen only dark. I yelled for Chris, who brought flashlights, and saw this yellow rat snake on the shelf, and in the nest. There was only one chick in the nest, and it was very still and wet.
The snake, seeing us, slid behind the nest, went up behind the shelf, and wedged behind the bottles on the upper shelf. As much as I like snakes, I wasn't feeling too charitable towards this one. We removed the bottles and I grabbed the snake and brought it into the office. It is pictured here on my desk.
Notice how fat it is on the center section, with three baby birds in its stomach.