Yet, it's not easy being a bird, not even in this sanctuary. In the past months we've seen three nests being built, and the rate of success is not as great as the bird population around would have you think.
The first nest was precariously perched on a gorgeous bougainvillea by the veranda. The nest was quickly and unskillfully finished and two eggs were laid. Obviously an inexperienced couple of first-timers, the bird-parents selected the location based on aesthetics and the privileged view over the garden. Big mistake: they should have prioritized the soundness of the structure and potential dangers.
When the first storm came around, something akin to the Iguazu Falls came down the roof hitting the nest with full force. The next day we saw half the nest destroyed and discovered tiny, broken eggshells under the bougainvillea. Tough learning experience for the young bird-couple.
Mom-bird must have been distressed, but two birds were still chirping and she kept on working. A couple of days later, though, we stopped seeing her. And yet, there was a constant chirping sound. We checked the nest and it was empty. Long story short, last baby-bird standing had somehow kind of flown away and crept inside the shed. It wasn't looking good when we found it. Unsuccessful attempts to take it back to the nest (escaped), feed it insects (we scared the heck out of it), baby-bird became weaker and died that afternoon. Mom-bird was never to be seen again. I know. Nature, bla, bla, bla. Still. So, so sad.
|Not the prettiest but they made it!|
|Three hurrays to a smart mom.|
* Animals instincts are overrated: they are as clueless as we are.
* Whenever possible, observe and learn from the mistake of others.
* As in human housing, location is everything.