baby birds, nest, robin, death
May 19, 2011 7:54 PM Subscribe
Circle of Life Filter: What terrible thing probably happened to the baby birds on my porch?
posted by Buffaload to science & nature (12 answers total)
Mr. and Mrs. Robin had been sitting on a nest for about two weeks in the eaves of my front porch. Today, they were more absent than usual. Fiancee saw an eggshell on the ground, but there was no other evidence of the chicks. Nest is about 7 feet high, so I held my camera up there and used it to peer in. It seemed to be a completely empty nest (I waited for 10 minutes to make sure the adult birds weren't around before I did this). I never heard or saw evidence of baby birds, and, frankly, there was no gore or remains in the nest. So -- what happened? Was this a case of infanticide? A very clean raid by a predator? Did the baby birds go to live on a nice farm with other baby birds?