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June 6, 2012 / Rae Spencer

Failed Nests

The yard’s nests are having a tough year. In April, I discovered a robin’s nest in the wax myrtle. A few days later, a heap of feathers hinted that hawks had claimed another victim. Broken eggs soon joined the feathers.

Now the recent dove’s nest is also empty. I don’t know what happened, only that the nest held two eggs one day, none the next.

Both losses tempt me toward sadness, but how dare I claim sadness? Failed nests are blissfully minor tragedies. Wouldn’t it be a joyous day, if the only news worth reporting involved bird nests?

4 Comments

  1. timelesslady / Jun 6 2012 3:41 PM

    I know how you feel…I feel the same when I see these small tragedies, and yes, if only these small instances were the only bad events in the world. Great post!

  2. Angela / Jun 11 2012 1:32 PM

    I suppose the good news is that the nests are in fact there, which means the birds are present and settling. We have had fewer and fewer nests at all over the last few years — none the last couple. While the birds visit, they do not stay. There is a sadness in that, as well.

    Love that blue on the egg…..

    • Rae Spencer / Jun 11 2012 7:31 PM

      I would be heartbroken if the birds quit building nests in my yard. I hope they return to you soon!

  3. bardessdmdenton / Jun 17 2012 3:42 AM

    Yes, it is hard to see all the effort put into nesting that doesn’t come to fruition. But also amazing to see how our feathered friends do persevere!

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