Redpolls, robin egg, beehives and PRI.
My old theme had been giving me problems, hence the new appearance.
A very similar story to the subject of this post was on Public Radio International during my drive to UAF: Magpies as pests. The story about how magpies, cousins of the fascinating raven I love to photograph, are often exterminated because of their aggressive nest-plundering habits. In defense of the magpie it was said other animals, raccoons, squirrels and deer probably steal more eggs. I’ve been unsuccessful finding the podcast, if I do I’ll post it.
In truth it’s just nature, the favorable location or easy meal will get taken.
I have three examples of similar subject matter today: First, a bird home overtaken by bees; second, former chickadee’s nest taken by redpolls; and finally, a scavenged North American Robin egg.
A beehive in a bird house at Creamers Field, late April, 2013.
Snow flies as a redpoll eyes its nest.
A redpoll warms the eggs, May 17, 2013.
Three of the four light-light blue eggs in a rotting birch tree.
Bright blue and broken.