SWEET TEA

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bye Bye Birdie.


A pair of Cardinals have nested in a fake tree we have sitting on our patio.  The phoney, fake, faux plastic trees sit pushed into a corner of the patio next to a large window outside our living room.  We've had lots of fun watching the nest take shape, the eggs appear, and then the little baby birds, four of them, mouths wide-open, up-stretched, waiting for the parents to come feed them. They were homely, skinny little things at first, then they turned "fluffy" and cute.  Each morning we peered through the window and watched them grow as the new "parents" flew to & fro feeding them.



Then yesterday we awoke to find this!



All the babies were gone.
We haven't seen the Mama bird either,
but the Daddy bird keeps flying by as though
he's looking for his family.

Don't know who/what invaded their little home.
We had no bad weather or high winds so some type
of critter must have found them.

Boo! Hoo!
You can tell I wasn't raised on a farm and/or exposed
to the circle of life very often.
"Bye. Bye. Birdies".

  



21 comments:

Mari said...

Awww - I really don't like the circle of life sometimes. :(

janice15 said...

Me either, o my how sad.. Maybe a raccoon or cat.. too sad poor little babies.......

CalamityJr said...

That's so sad. Poor Daddy bird. Keep watching and maybe we can all share a happy surprise. Maybe...

yaya said...

Looks like a cat has been watching them also...so sad...hopefully they were old enough to fly. Dang nature!

Jeanie said...

Aww....I hope they were able to fly away. Poor daddy. Hopefully the end of the story is not as sad as it seems right now.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Well that is my title from yesterday's post!!! I was able to help on of the little birdies after the nest had been attacked last Sunday night. So sorry.....

Susie said...

Probably some cat. I hate when my neighbor's cat comes over and lurks around the feeders. It's sad when birds lose their mates. I liked your picture of the cardinals.xoxo,Susie

NanaDiana said...

The same thing happened here. We think the neighbor's cat came in and decimated the nest. They rebuilt and the same thing happened again. So sad- xo Diana

Linda said...

That whole circle of life thing is a bit much sometimes!!

Nonnie said...

Very sad. There is a cat that roams our neighborhood and when the doves nest under our deck, the cat is always trying to make its way to the nest. They are protected under there ... That is, until they begin to learn how to fly. Then Trudy waits under the nest. It is very sad. I'm sorry you didn't get to see the babies fly away.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Ohh, oh, oh. That is so sad.
:-(
jj

Susan said...

We had the same thing happen in an artificial arrangement I hung in a basket on the wall outside our door. The babies apparently got too heavy for the fake greenery to hold all four of them and when we came home we found a similar situation, no question what had happened. BUT, while cleaning up, when hubby went to pick up the overturned nest, there was a survivor. He gently and securely repositioned birdie and nest and after about 24 hours later, the parents returned and finished raising the baby. It was one of the saddest things I've ever seen, after having watched the eggs and baby birds for so many weeks. It is what it is though and I suppose if this didn't happen our neighborhoods would be so overrun with birds, we would be unhappier still. It's all in The Plan.

marejohn said...

OH NO! and i tell ya what. I WAS raised around the "cycle of life" and I still freak out! The little nest at the store was partly on the ground today (I believe the wind blew it out for the 2nd time!) and I kept watching for the sweet mama bird to return and rebuild it AGAIN. I left the remains hoping she could use them for the remodel! So sad! Hope your birdies are all ok!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

It happened to us last year with a bluebird nest in a door wreath. The wreath was found on the front yard after a stormy night. So sad,

SouthLakesMom said...

Cardinals are notorious for picking very bad locations for nests. I think that's why God makes so many of them!

It was probably a cat. I have dear friends and neighbors who I love but whose actions with their cats (letting them roam outside) make me crazy for this very reason!

Ann said...

I know it happens but I don't like to see it. Poor babies!!I won't watch those TV specials about animals being taken down from other animals either. First time to visit your blog--have a great day.
Ann

Ninny said...

Might have been a squirrel! I caught one in the act of killing my baby cardinals one time. I literally shook that horrible varmit out of the berry bush and there were dead babies on the ground beneath the little tree. I have hated squirrels ever since.

Sush said...

I just hate when those kind of things happen! Poor Dad bird looking for his family. Maybe he'll return with a new one next year....
Hope your summer is going well and you are hanging in! I know you have your hands full, but I sure do love hearing about all you got cookin'!
Hugs~

Laurie said...

oh that is so sad, maybe a cat?

Debby Ray said...

Hi,
This is my first visit to your blog and I love what I see...simple truths...nothing fancy. I'm so sorry to read about the bird family. Nature can surely be kind of cruel, huh?

I just followed you :)

Debby

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh I would have cried. How sad for them. Maybe a cat.

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