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SAD NEWS

Uploaded by: ChrisAnthemum

Tuesday April 30, 2013

Westfield, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: I have some sad news this morning -- I went out to check them again, fully expecting to see all 5 babies hatched, and found the nest empty -- cleaned out. I'm sure, where the nest is located, that snakes would not be likely to reach it, so I would have to conclude that crows or some other winged predator got them. I'm sorry to have to report that this story did not end as I anticipated. Thanks for all your interest!

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14. ChrisAnthemum
1:54 PM GMT on May 03, 2013
Yes, Becky, I have no use for crows! I'm thinking now that they have been responsible for some of the "nest cleanings" that I blamed on blacksnakes before. As I have said, only about half the nests I find successfully fledge young; the others are found by predators while the young are still in the egg or helpless infant stage.
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13. Becky1
9:30 AM GMT on May 03, 2013
Very upsetting. I have rescued some baby birds from crows before. It was terrible, they were cawing and swooping and trying to get me to move. They seem to hunt like a pack of wolves.
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12. ChrisAnthemum
5:46 PM GMT on May 01, 2013
Sorry the news isn't always good, Gil. Thanks for taking an interest!
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11. gilg72
4:43 PM GMT on May 01, 2013
Sorry & Sad to hear of this Nest Story Kathy. Thank you for sharing that with us.
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10. ChrisAnthemum
3:55 PM GMT on May 01, 2013
I hope so, Genie! What I'm hoping for is that they will build another nest in a safer place. I THOUGHT this one was safe enough, but it never really is, I guess. Thanks for adding your comment!
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9. geniebenie
3:52 PM GMT on May 01, 2013
So sorry about the nest. Maybe she will lay more eggs.
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8. ChrisAnthemum
2:17 PM GMT on May 01, 2013
Bernard, the world does not run now as it was originally designed. God ordained that all creatures were to eat vegetation, and that there was to be no murdering of one species of animal as food for another. The Fall from the Garden of Eden changed all that; the world has never been the same. Thanks for looking and commenting!
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7. Hotzenwaelder
2:05 PM GMT on May 01, 2013
It is very sad, but nature does not really care about us. Apparently the Creator decided that eat or be eaten would keep all us creatures on our toes.
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6. ChrisAnthemum
4:17 PM GMT on April 30, 2013
Sorry to hear that, Gayle. The most dangerous time in a bird's life is when it is in the egg and in the nest. Once they can fly, their chances of survival go up dramatically. Perhaps your birds will nest again. Mine often do lay a second and sometimes third clutch.
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5. swampteach
4:15 PM GMT on April 30, 2013
Awwww! Sad. The same thing happened to us this week. We know that a snake got the babies from the nest in our shed because my husband saw him slithering out! I know about nature and survival and all that - but I was so disappointed after watching the nest for so long! I posted them on April 16 and they were gone on Sat. :(
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4. ChrisAnthemum
4:11 PM GMT on April 30, 2013
I will watch for other nests around the place, Julia. About half the nests here fail, generally because of predators.
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3. Doesiedoats
3:56 PM GMT on April 30, 2013
Indeed, a very sad piece of news.

Thanks for letting us know, however.

We'll look forward to other nestlings.
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2. ChrisAnthemum
3:09 PM GMT on April 30, 2013
I don't either, Maria! They clean out the apples and pears from my trees before they are even ripe. And they are murderers of other birds' eggs and young. I don't KNOW that that is what happened here, but it's the likeliest explanation I know of. Sorry to disappoint you and everybody...

PS The good news is, the baby bluebirds are still in their box and doing fine. As explained earlier, I don't wish to photograph them any more because the danger of the disturbance causing them to jump out of their nest too soon is now fairly great.
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1. Proserpina
3:06 PM GMT on April 30, 2013
Oh no, no, no! Sad indeed.

Unfortunately something like this happened in the next door yard this morning. A bunch of birds were making a ruckus in one section of the yard where there are lots of trees. After a while a crow emerged, went to a limb in my yard and 'cleaned' his beak! I do not like crows! Never have!
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Wife, mother, grandmother, gardener, naturalist, writer, artist, crafter, homeschooler, owner and occasional breeder of registered Shetland Sheepdogs, and a child of the King. Rank amateur at most of these. Live in Westfield, NC, near the western mountains.Some of my photos are now available for sale from Fine Art America. Please check the website: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kathryn-meyer.h tml only join the html -- for some reason this site won't let me do it. Clicking on my website below leads to FAA's main page, but you can access my gallery there by putting my name Kathryn Meyer in the search box.

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