Life and Death

A few weeks back I wrote a short poem about the pigeons nesting in my cherry tree (Late Brood). They are still there. The leaves have not yet turned autumnal although some have fallen and the tree is thinning out.

A few days ago I found a dead chick, just beginning to show signs of fledging, on the ground underneath the nest site. The mother pigeon was still sitting so I assumed there was at least one and possible more up there though I heard no sign and saw no sight of them. Still she sat, a good mother if not a good nest builder!

Over the last few days we have noticed some movement in the nest, which I can see from my kitchen window. I got out the binoculars to have a better look but the view was blocked by the parent bird. Today, however, I saw her feeding a quite substantially sized chick, looking reasonably well fledged and almost ready to go, big enough that Mum was confined to the edge of the nest.

Now the question is did the dead chick on the ground simply fall to its death? The nest is flimsy and not very protective after all. Alternatively did it die in the nest of ‘natural’ causes and was ejected, or was it pushed out by its bigger sibling?

I guess I’ll never know and I’m still left wondering if the surviving chick will grow on well enough to make it through the winter. Nature can be so cruel.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jules
    Oct 16, 2020 @ 13:09:44

    Too often a bigger sibling will deter the younger. Even to the point of pushing way too hard. But life goes on. Hopefully the late bloomer will make it through the winter.


  2. Evi Schumacher
    Oct 16, 2020 @ 22:17:09

    Sounds like the sibling might have been a bully. 😦 But at least it sounds as if one will make it.


  3. Renee Espriu
    Oct 17, 2020 @ 00:40:45

    If there is weak chick in the nest, often times, the stronger of the two will push the sibling out of the nest so that it gets all it needs to grow strong enough to fly. My guess is she only had two and now the stronger one remains. How nice you can see what is going on with your binoculars. A good story about how it is and will remain in Nature. Thank you!


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