Just Simple Things

Not Many Crows But…


This year was the third year robins have nested under my carport. The first year I watched as four babies hatched, grew and fledged. The second year I witnessed a crow taking all the babies from the nest.

This year there were two that hatched and were thriving until they were stolen from their nest. I have not seen many crows this year but there are more bluejays than I have ever seen.  I am suspecting it was a bluejay that took the babies. It happened so fast I could not see the thief very well as it flew away.

Daddy robin was in a tree nearby and took off after the culprit squawking loudly. I have not seen him since then.

Mama robin came a few minutes after the theft and looked everywhere for her babies and was calling for them. I cried and felt so sorry for her losing her babies and not knowing what happened to them. She eventually flew away and I have not seen her again either.


11 Replies to “Not Many Crows But…”

  1. So sorry to hear this, dear Mags. I have seen lots of commotion around some of the songbird nests around our gardens, found broken eggs and even remains of a tiny hatchling…that was sad, but I am happy that so many hatchlings do survive each year. Have to look at it from the bright side. Lots of hugs from Dylan and me ❤

    1. Mama robin came and laid more eggs and the jays took her eggs. I think she has finally given up now and I sure don’t blame her. There will be no baby robins at my place this year. 😦

  2. This is very sad. I’m sure they have plenty to eat at your place because you are so good at feeding the birds. How unfortunate for the poor robins… Last year my son was so happy because a pair of Cardinals had a nest in a tree by the road in front of his house. He saw a squirrel stealing their eggs and he was very disappointed. I hope that you’ll have surviving babies robins next spring.

    Hugs, Julia

  3. So sad and frustrating. We want to help, but it is impossible. I hope the Robins have found a safer spot to build a new nest. Hugs.

  4. This makes me so sad, Maggie. I know it is nature, but it is utterly and completely heartbreaking. Hugs and love to you.

  5. Nature is sometimes so hard to witness. When I see something like that I try to imagine that the crow or blue jay also have young to feed. It helps a little but not much. I prefer Disney’s version of Nature. Nothing dies or gets eaten.

  6. It’s heartbreaking when that happens.
    I want to wish you a very nice weekend. We are having temps in the 90’s, so if I go outdoors, it has to be early in the day.
    Take care. xoxo

  7. I clicked on “like” but I really wanted to click on a crying face. So sad about the baby birds. I guess nature has its way, but it is very sad sometimes.

  8. Oh Maggie sometimes the cycle of Life & Death can be brutal can’t it?? The last Winter NYLABLUE was alive (2013) I was still feeding the resident pigeons. One Saturday Morning the most spectacular Red Tailed Hawk swooped down & sat on the back of the patio chair. We stared at each other for what seemed an eternity……then in the blink of an eye he grabbed one of the pigeons & flew off to the top of the Legion building. I was stunner!
    There is a lesson in that….
    I hope the Blue Jays thrive & that the other birds find their way back to your place.
    ❤ & {{{hugs}}} Sherri-Ellen & **nose kissesss** Siddhartha Henry xXx

  9. So sorry this happened, Sweet Sis. I do know that bluejays are aggressive. My hubby would take the trash out and our resident bluejay would dive bomb his head. My hubby had to wear a hat everytime he took out the trash. I never saw one dive at Pip or Goo. However, my resident bluejay would steal the boys’ food. I think you are probably right about what happened to the baby robins. Hopefully, this won’t happen again. Huge hugs Sweet Sis ❤

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