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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Lowrenzo drama



A while back I wrote about these two wrens that were building a mondo condo at our back door. We watched them build this over achievers nest and they added 5 eggs. Four hatched.  I have kept the snakes and the cat away and tried to help, since the foolish lowrenzo built the nest right over the cat's food bowl and right at my back door, so they have become like family. We have watched mom and dad feed them every day and take good care of them. Today there was much drama. First, we found one in the cat's mouth. Too late, not much we could do, it was sickening, I couldn't watch as Gerry took the little body away. Later in the morning, we found another one on the ground, still alive. Please don't send me notes telling me I shouldn't interfere because I did, and you would have too, if you had seen that tiny little thing laying on the ground under it's nest. Well, the others don't seem to like this little one and the two stronger siblings pushed it out of the nest again this afternoon. I picked it up once more, put it in the nest, knowing I probably should just leave nature alone, but I now love this little bird..... once again I am watching them nudge the weaker one towards the edge. So, that's all I got. They know something I don't know or either they are just mean murdering bastards and I am mad at them! This would be happening if I weren't here, so I'm leaving them alone to kill their sibling and let nature do it's thing. It sucks, I hope the two stronger ones are ok with killing their brother! Guess I'll be burying a little bird in the morning....... ain't nature great!

7 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

this is why I could never watch wild kingdom.

gz said...

could be that there is only food enough for two as well. How many usually survive from a clutch of eggs?

smartcat said...

House wrens are strange little birds that seem to enjoy hazardous nesting sights. We usually find them next to the door or over it, just barely missing the swing of said door. Survival seems to be crap shoot! I've seen anywhere from one to all hatchlings survive
We watched a cardinal couple teach their babies to fly yesterday....fun!

Lori Buff said...

It's so hard not to interfere with them, especially when one is so young and helpless. You may remember my story this spring about the baby mocking bird that fell (was pushed) out of the nest and my dog got a hold of it. It's heartbreaking. I guess we just have to trust that this is the way it should be.

Susan Wells said...

It is a question! Who should be in charge of killing? This area is GREY!

Laura Farrow said...

I saw a possum trapped at the bottom of a trashcan this morning... snarling but clearly ailing. not a can that could be turned over, noone around, and not the sort of critter you pull out by the tail... so I had to leave him there, surrounded by garbage in the blistering sun, stuck. I cried all the way to work.

cindy shake said...

LOVE the vid!! My feeling is to try and let Mother Nature do her job -she's been at it much longer than I have. HOWEVER, living in the land of wildlife being in our front yard -our family has always shown compassion whenever we come across wildlife in distress. Luckily, in Alaska we have strict laws but have wonderful centers for all types of care and rescues etc.
A CAUTIONARY NOTE...just read this tory this morning:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57452519-10391704/oregon-man-diagnosed-with-black-death-plague/