Thursday, May 15, 2008
Jekyl and Hyde
These cute little visitors may not be quite what we’ve been thinking.
For the last few days, we’ve been watching a pair of doves building their nest, very visible from our deck, about 8 feet off the ground, in an evergreen tree. It was a pitiful nest, sparse, so we thought this might be a young dove. Yesterday, DH said there was no dove was sitting -- strange -- but one single egg was perched precariously on the edge of the nest. DH gently pushed it back into the center of the nest. Minutes later, I returned from work and he mentioned the dove was not on the nest, so I took a look. As I came near the tree, I noticed a squirrel dropping down the trunk of that tree -- we’ve NEVER seen squirrels in that tree before - strange. Looking at the nest, it was empty. No dove, no egg.
I searched for a broken egg on the ground, directly under the nest -- no luck, but on the ground 10 feet from the trunk, well away from under the nest, was one egg, freshly broken, with only a dab of yolk in it. And just WHO do we think the perpetrator is?