Day 106: A Cruel Lesson
Spring is often viewed as a gentle season. If one can survive the cold old man winter put into place, it just makes sense that spring should be easy by comparison. For weeks now we've watched "momma" bird create a nest in the bottom of a outdoor light fixture. She came and went without a hitch but today for some reason, she was unable to escape. Concern for her and the safety of her eggs became a top priority for our family and we went to work. I managed to remove the base of the light fixture which allowed momma bird to escape without damaging the nest. When we peered into the nest, here is what we found-4 newly hatched baby birds.
My bride and I were quite concerned with our discovery-we're both bio majors and teachers. We knew that the likelihood of survival would be remote unless momma bird returned. My daughter made a few calls to pet stores, animal rescue centers, and my sister who happens to be a vet but their news was less than promising. These birds seemed to be to young to survive without momma's care.
We kept the nest inside for the night because it was going to drop into the 30s(just above 0 C for my aussie friends) and then we placed the nest on a ladder near the lamp in hopes that momma would return.
Well, the day went by and despite the newness spring provides, these baby birds were not meant to be. It was a sad time for my family. :(