Thursday, April 29, 2010

IT'S A CRUEL WORLD OUT THERE

It has happened again. The nest is empty and it is not because the baby cardinals have fledged. This morning while we were eating breakfast we heard the angry sounds of a cardinal. I went outside to look. The bird was in the tree at the front and eventually flew off. This afternoon I went to take a photo and found the nest empty. Who stole the 3 little chicks-a snake, a scrub jay? Surely a snake couldn't eat all three. It must be the jays. I am so sad for the mother and father bird. This is not a good place for birds to raise a family.

11 comments:

  1. My cat loves all the baby birds. He eats them on the welcome mat on our front porch. I'm sure all the other birds now consider us terrorists. Don't know what to do to stop him. Lectures don't seem to work.

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  2. Oh no, how terrible! And to think you saw the little babies hatch and everything.

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear this. We had a mockingbird nest in one of the trees in our front garden this spring. I saw the parent(s) taking food in for the babies a couple of time and then I got busy with work and everything else so I didn't keep track of them. The nest is empty now and I can only hope they fledged and everyone is well.

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  4. Oh, no! How sad. Maybe a cat?

    I worry about a nest a Cardinal is building in my neighbor's shrub on the other side of the fence. It's way low. An easy target.

    They were so cute.

    ~~Linda...

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  5. I am so sorry. It's a wonder any birds survive--it is indeed a cold cruel world.

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  6. It is almost like we are grieving too. We were so sure this time that the nest was in a good safe place. I feel sure it was the jays as, in the past, I have seen them fly off with nestlings in their mouths.

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  7. What a shame!

    Do blue jays do this, too, Jenny, or does it seem to mainly be the Scrub Jays?
    We have a pair of cardinals and many blue jays here - I assume the cardinals have a nest in our neighbors yard with its more established shrubs and hope they're safer than your poor baby birds.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  8. So sad. The cycle of life can be ugly, can't it? I have wrens building nests in two poorly chosen places and will have to help guard them, I fear. One in a birdhouse on a stake too close to neighbor cats (supposed to be decorative) and one in my geranium on the red iron tea cart by the back door. I'm sorry you lost your babies.

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