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View Diary: IAN: June, 14, 2013: Bird Feeder and Denial edition (40 comments)

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    I took to the long overdue task of clearing out and shaping up of the combination hedge, rhododendron, thing with red berries jungle in my yard.

    Shaped-up, it looks cool and exotic. Overgrown, not so much. To my dismay, when I got started, I discovered some sort of vine had gotten into it and woven the whole thing together, making the process a lot harder.

    So I commence to chopping and clipping and yanking vines and I see tucked into the thing with red berries what appears to be the remnants of a plastic grocery bag tangled in some sticks.

    I reach to pull it out and was stunned to see it was actually a bird's nest containing three tiny chicks who reactively opened their beaks and craned their necks for food.

    I was devastated. Prior to my invasion you'd never have dreamed that nest was hidden there. I'd cut away all its camouflage and exposed it to the world. I stepped back and just then momma bird flew in with a grub, popped in a chick. She looked around, bewildered. And I wondered how long that nest could last now that I'd done this.

    It gets worse. We got hit with a monster storm today. A tornado touched down about a mile away. My place was hit with the heaviest hail I've seen in my 55 years.

    I haven't looked where the nest was and I don't want to. I can't imagine it survived that, all exposed. It probably would have before I cut away all it's protection.

    Sorry to be such a downer. This has been on my mind for the last 40 hours or so.

    Sadly that's what going on in my yard.

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