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swainson's thrush abandoned nest

Catharus ustulatus


4 babies in the nest were well fed when mom stopped returning. I waited over 24 hours before checking the nest - to find babies cold as I'd feared. I'm guessing mom fell prey to the cooper's hawk or red shouldered hawks we have on our property.


under my eaves


I was looking forward to seeing them grow up and fledge after mom so patiently incubated for almost two weeks. The contained bodies of flies underneath the babies

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KarenSaxton 8 years ago

Yes. She became a part of our lives, watching us BBQ and play with the dog. She never seemed nervous. The kicker was we either weren't home when she started feeding them, or it was cold and rainy, so I know we didn't scare her. Had to be a predator of some kind and the nest was very hard to reach up under the eaves. I had read that the female doesn't enlist the male's help until after the third day.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

You must be feeling terrible...

ceherzog 8 years ago

oh sad

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Coquille, Oregon, USA

Spotted on Jun 26, 2012
Submitted on Jun 26, 2012

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