Yesterday morning was ‘HELL’ around here. The hawk featured in the “After the rain shower” post began an onslaught on my nesting Robin pair’s nest yesterday morning and I was not a happy camper. I had become somewhat attached to the pair and nature taking its course could go the hell somewhere else yesterday as far as I was concerned.
Their babies were about a week old. I just happened to be on my backyard patio drinking coffee when I heard the local bird residents start going berserk. I couldn’t see the hawk but the other birds were buzzing a tree limb just above the bush the Robin’s nest was located. I walked out across the yard toward the area and the hawk flew off. I immediately suspected he had located the nest.
Within the next half hour he came back two more times landing in the bush itself and trying to pinpoint the exact location of the nest. Each time I ran across the backyard clapping my hands scaring him off. Of course in the end I knew it was already a done deal because he could easily wait me out. It was just a matter of time unfortunately. It didn’t take him long to make his final run. Within some ten minutes he came back swooping right into the nest area without hesitation, had the babies in one clutch and was gone before I could even move out of my chair.
I tell you…..I swear I could hear those babies squealing. The parents, other Robins, Blue Jays and even Cardinals were trying to run him off. After he was gone for the next hour or two the parents were trying to locate and call to the babies. It was really, really sad. And I was really, really mad – nature taking its course or not! Just because its “Nature” doesn’t mean there aren’t times when it sucks!
Well….how’s this for a cheerful post? 🙁
UPDATE – I have just returned from having a cup of coffee on the patio and having reflected on the events from two days ago related above, perhaps there was an ounce of humor available in those tragic moments. I began to wonder this morning just what my neighbors might have been thinking if they happened to see my antics that morning after hearing the hand-clapping. Imagine if you will, standing at your window and seeing the elderly man who lives behind you all of a sudden for seemingly no reason at all bolt from his chair and go running out across his backyard clapping his hands…..only to return moments later, sit down and return to drinking his coffee. Then ten minutes later with no warning…..off he goes again for seemingly no reason whatsoever! I have to admit, from my perspective it brought forth a bit of a chuckle! 🙂