Eggs and birds updates and “I” stories voting reminder

I realize everyone is rushing out and hugging each other and coughing in each other’s faces, but when you come back in to your shelter, here’s something you could do:  read the “I” Stories submissions. After, if receptive to the idea, the writers hope you’ll make the effort and vote for your favorite of the “Alphabet Challenge I-Stories” HERE.

That post has links to the individual stories and the poll where readers can click a box to indicate their appreciation for their favorite. And, after voting, readers can spread the news about the story to friends and family. Maybe.

So, eggs and birds . . . .

Some might remember these photos:

Cardinal eggs
Robin’s eggs

Those photos were taken on May 6th . . .

. . . and these on May 11th . . .

Cardinal’s nest
Robin’s nest (yes, there are three in there)

My next check was on the 14th; we’d had a lot of wind and rain and I wanted to makes sure all was OK . . . it wasn’t.

Cardinal’s nest

Note the nest is not as carefully woven and constructed. I theorize something — likely, Grackles, but it could have been any number of birds — got to the chicks. Cardinal chicks have a surprisingly low survival rate . . . 15%. (HERE <<This is a link)

Luckily, just around the corner, the Robin’s brood was doing fine:

Here’s a gallery of their progress through today:

I expect they will fledge soon, but worry because there are a few cats patrolling the yards. I don’t understand why people leave their cats outside. That’s one thing I liked about Colorado; people who let their cats outside (or small dogs) soon learn cats make excellent meals for larger predators.

I’ve had otherwise smart people say ignorant stuff like “it’s nature” when informed of the damage cats do to native bird populations, especially songbirds who tend to nest lower to the ground (like Song sparrows).

If there’s one thing I can’t abide or excuse are pet owners who fail to control their pets . . . or children, for that matter.

Anyway, let me get off that soapbox as I’ve never been able to make any headway with people who are ignorant, selfish, and plain malignant.

Side note: if you are one of them pet owners who let their cats outdoors . . . well, what can I say other than what I’ve already said? Not much. I could repeat it in Italian but I can guarantee it would be even more strongly worded, and include words like disgraziati, coglioni, fiati di cani, e stronzi. What? No, those are the mild ones; this is a PG-rated blog, after all.

As usual, the SmugMug Gallery is HERE <<<This is a link. And, as usual, click on any photo for a larger version.

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