I am heartbroken.
After last night's bad weather, I went out this morning to check on our little bird family. *See Our New Neighbors* Mommy Bird's nest was somewhat askew, but she and her little eggs had survived the storms. Later, however, I heard her chirping loudly and looked out the window to see what was going on. Mommy Bird was hopping around on the bushes a few feet from her nest. I went out onto the porch to get a closer look, and to my horror saw a large black snake curled up in her nest.
The snake had already swallowed one little egg while Mommy Bird looked on helplessly. Don and I tried to intervene. He grabbed a broom handle, and I grabbed an umbrella, and together we attempted to get the snake out of the nest before he ate the rest of the eggs. It was no use. We couldn't uncoil the snake without upsetting the whole nest, so we were forced to just turn away.
We left for church, and when we returned, Mommy Bird and her eggs were all gone. I think Mommy Bird is still around. I thought I heard her a few times, but I'm still very sad. I had adopted them all in a way. I checked on the eggs when Mommy Bird was away. I left birdseed around the bushes so she wouldn't have to go very far to find food. Most of all though, I looked forward to seeing the tiny little baby cardinals when they hatched. I wanted to see them break out of their little speckled shells. I wanted to witness Mommy Bird feeding and caring for them.
Now instead of chirping little open-mouthed hatchlings, there's only an empty nest. I can see it from the front door, and it breaks my heart over and over again. Perhaps I'm silly for mourning three little unhatched birds, but I felt as if they were neighbors. I sympathized with and related to that new little mother. I don't know if birds have any concept of love or loss, but I hope Mother Bird is all right. I hope she knows that I cared for her and her babies. I hope she knows that I tried to save them. I hope she forgives me for being unsuccessful. I'm sure she'll lay eggs again. She'll be more experienced and a bit wiser. I hope though, that she'll still see fit to make our home her home too.