Wednesday, 22 May 2013

I'M UPSET

Right outside of my bedroom window is an Elm tree and this year a pair of wood pigeons decided to make a nest in the bole of some of the branches.

We have watched them making love, and then carefully over the course of several days collect the twigs and carefully lay them in the right place, it was lovely to watch them both.

The eggs were laid and they took turns sitting on the them, I read that one sits on the nest all day and the other takes the turn of all night.
These wonderful birds have sat tight on this nest through all of the high winds and lashing rain, never faultering in their task for over 2 weeks.
It must have been nearly time for the chicks to hatch, again google told me it was roughly 18 days incubation period.

This morning, a large crow was harrassing the bird on the nest.  I opened the window and banged and hissed and it flew off, but at a later time it must have come back and succeeded in getting the bird off of the nest because the nest is now abandoned.

I know this is nature and it is the way things go but it has upset me all day today.


15 comments:

  1. "Nature" is often very upsetting--not fair!

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  2. I would be upset, too. Nature can be so cruel at times. Crows are so smart and there is nothing you could have done that would have helped. They would find a way. How sad for those beautiful birds. Hopefully they will try again. Hugs

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  3. The pigeons will make another nest and raise another brood ,so all is not lost.
    Jane x

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  4. That's a shame. There are pigeons round here, but I don't know where they are nesting.

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  5. We have a lot of wood pigeons around here and I love to listen to them calling to each other,its usually around 5am bless|!!! them so early.Your story is so sad the poor little things. xx

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  6. Firstly I want to say I would have felt the same ...nature is cruel some times.
    Secondly ...you must be so proud of Mr T ...he is doing better than me ...had my machine for 2 years and cant even sort out the insertion of the spool !!!!
    Lastly ...that Tatting is gorgeous ..an old craft you are keeping alive. xx

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  7. What a shame - let's hope they do start again and have better luck next time.

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  8. That is upsetting and sad but as Jane and Chris said they will try again. They are such resilient birds.

    I remember the pigeons we would look after when I helped out at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital near Chichester. If you want birds with bags of personality pigeon chicks are the ones to choose. They were so animated all the time and would bounce up and down when it was feeding time. One little chick took a real liking to one of the other volunteers and would sit on his shoulder while he walked round the cages. The little chick eventually learned to fly by launching himself off the volunteer's shoulder and landing on the feed bin!

    Keep a lookout for a new nest, I'm sure you'll find one.

    Linda xx

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  9. birds can be so cruel, here it is the magpies that torment the blackbirds, the noise they make is horrible when the blackbirds are trying to defend their nests.

    It would have been amazing if the nest had not been disturbed, fancy having the chicks hatch and being able to watch from the window your very own spring watch.

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  10. Oh how upsetting. I think I would be if I had been watching them like you.
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  11. Oh that's such bad news. I felt the same when my chaffinch nest was destroyed.

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  12. How upsetting.Crows are real bullies.They dive bomb our cat if he goes on the roof.It's just like a scene from the film "The Birds".

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  13. Nature isn't always kind and it is upsetting to see things like this.

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