I went outside today to check Paulie's little wading pool, and I received a wonderful surprise. Mommy Bird was back. I heard her distinct chirp from the top of the pear tree, so I looked up and there she was. She flitted out of sight for a few moments, but I followed her chirp to the top of the Japanese maple and saw not only her, but a nest! She's nesting again! I am thrilled! After such a heartbreaking first go, I am pleased to see that she's come back for another try. I can still see the nest from the front porch, but it's high enough this time to be out of the reach of reptilian predators. There is also a male cardinal that seems to be helping out this time, so I have a feeling this little family will be successful.