When we first moved to our new house last year, we noticed that the previous owners had placed bird boxes on many trees around the property. Last year we saw much activity in these boxes; birds going in and out and finally pushing their fledglings out of the nest when the time came.
There is only one house that is placed on a pole that makes it virtually impossible for a predator to get inside the box. This is the way that all the boxes should be mounted we think because yesterday we noticed
one of the bluebirds sitting on the tree looking very anxious. The couple kept flying off, then back again to the branches below the place where we had last seen the box.
We walked over to another pine tree and noticed that something had opened up one of the doors to another box. These boxes are up high enough that a person has to have a ladder to tend to them so it couldn't have been a human but rather a squirrel or a cat is what we are assuming.
When we went back to the pine tree that the birds were making all the fuss about, we found the box in pieces on the ground. All the eggs had been removed from the nest. When we lifted up the nest we found one tiny bird underneath, still breathing but covered in ants.
Bill kindly placed the nest back up on a branch and a few minutes later the parents returned to assess. We took the box up into the garage where it is being repaired but we are not sure what the plight of the baby bird was. We have not been back down there today to see if it survived or not. The nest was placed so precariously on the branch and not in a secure position inside a nesting box so we have our doubts that it survived.
One never knows from day-to-day what kind of outcome to expect. There are dangers lurking everywhere and no matter how hard we try to protect ourselves and our loved ones, there is never a guarantee from this moment to the next what our future holds.
My daughter witnessed a horrible automobile accident last week on her hour commute home from work. It happened right in front of her. She was traumatized for days because of this accident. When you are on the roadway each day for long periods of time, it is inevitable that you will see an accident of some consequence. Those are just the odds.
A friend we know lost her son-in-law the other day. A young family with three children, the youngest being just two months old. My...that is the twelfth family or friend that we have lost since December 15th of 2011! I don't think I can ever remember so many people dying in such a short time in my entire life. Certainly not in less than six months!
It just reinforces my thoughts on life and not having any regrets. We each need to live as though it is our last moment. We need to say I'm sorry to those we have transgressed (I'm sorry...really I am! What more can I say?) and we need to move on and be happy with the great life that we have been given. Who knows if this is the only chance we will get to do things right or not. If we are able to live "another" life, we need to learn what not to do this time so as not to repeat the process but to strive for enlightenment.
I believe in the circle of life. We live, we die, and then we live again. I'm not sure exactly what shape or form that comes in but I am sure that there is an opportunity for greater creativity. If your box gets knocked down, pick yourself up and re-build it!