#153 natural tragegy

153/365 natural tragegy, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A sad ending to my bird nest picture story.
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This morning, mother bird was walking near our car, making some starnge sounds. I thought she was trying to scare me away from her nest, but as I was rushing off to work, I didn’t look any closer.

In the afternoon it was strangely quiet around the nest. The father bird flew in once but soon left. Some hours later, with the nest still deserted, we ventured to peep in, only to find the nest all empty, and somehow messed up. There were even some blood stains on the white wood. It may have been a squirrel that got the eggs, or already hatched baby birds, at night. We’ll never know. Poor little bird parents, after all that patient hatching.

To quote Jack London in The Sea Wolf,

The big eat the little that they may continue to move, the strong eat the weak that they may retain their strength. The lucky eat the most and move the longest, that is all. What do you make of those things?


2 Responses to “#153 natural tragegy”

  1. June 3, 2010 at 01:04

    That’s very sad. It’s funny, I don’t give birds and their survival a second thought, but if they build a nest near my house and I’m watching their progress then I start to care more. Such a risky life for them, and it’s interesting how they choose their nests in the most awkward places sometimes.

  2. June 4, 2010 at 01:21

    How sad – but, yes it is part of the cycle of nature.

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