Red in Beak and Claw


Two years ago, a day before the baby bluebirds were due to hatch, I checked the nest box just outside my office window and found a tiny hole in one of the eggs. Believing it must be the beginnings of a hatch, I resolved not to check again right away, though the itch to peek was nearly unbearable: I’d been waiting years for a family of bluebirds to take up residence, and finally an egg was about to shudder and pop open. Two days later, I realized I hadn’t seen either parent in some time, so I checked again and found all five eggs missing. The nest was undisturbed. [Continue here.]