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Life (in the desert) is hard...
I found this broken egg and several broken leaves next to a large planter of geraniums we have on our patio. I looked in the planter thinking that perhaps there were other eggs around and hoping it wasn't lizard or snake eggs. What I saw blew me away. There were 9 (!) eggs in a feathered nest but no bird guarding them. A little bit later, when I checked again, I found a bird nestled atop the eggs in the dark and hidden center of the geranium pot.
I surmise that an animal found the nest of eggs and stole one of them for dinner. I wonder if the same animal will return for another egg tonight.