Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Sad Mystery

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Over the last three weeks we’ve watched outside of our dining room window as a momma robin built her {pitiful} nest…

robin in nest

laid and guarded four delicate blue eggs…

robin eggs

and got a peek at our first baby robin on Mother’s Day.

baby robin

The next day I peeked and saw two little birdies. Later that evening three had hatched.

two baby robins

I was VERY saddened to peek into the nest the next morning to get a glimpse of this…

empty robin nestCompletely empty. Not even a hint of what happened. Nothing around the tree. Nothing suspicious.

Just empty.

I’m pretty sure that the sobbing from our kids could be heard around our neighborhood. So very sad.

16 comments:

  1. Oh, that is sad. I've been enjoying looking at those eggs!
    Sarah

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  2. Oh no!! That is horrible. I'm sad also.

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  3. Oh- poor bird family and your family!

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  4. awww totally heartbreaking!!

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  5. Oh no! How awful - the kids must be devastated. I suppose now you find yourself in the position of explaining the opposite end of The Circle of Life...

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  6. I know you may think the worst. However, Robins have been known in the past to move their entire nest. Look it up for a great home school tidbit. It is very possible that if she was threatened she could have moved them all.... Just a thought :)

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  7. I hope Jenn is right and the Mommy just moved the nest. How sad to think something happened to them.

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  8. Same thing happend with a bird's nest by us. I found one of the little ones later in the garden, a friend of mine raised it and it is a beautiful little bird now! Hopefully she just moved. So sad.

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  9. Oh my! That is horrible - so sorry for you and the kids. Our kids would be the same way!

    Hugs to all!

    Love,
    Jill

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  10. Jenn's comment had me curious, so I googled, and everything I read said they CAN'T move their babies. If you find research that shows they can, I'd love to know! So sad...

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  11. Jenn's comment had me curious, so I googled, and everything I read said they CAN'T move their babies. If you find research that shows they can, I'd love to know! So sad...

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  12. I know you may think the worst. However, Robins have been known in the past to move their entire nest. Look it up for a great home school tidbit. It is very possible that if she was threatened she could have moved them all.... Just a thought :)

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