Saturday, May 28, 2011

Eggs Gone Astray

A few weeks ago I thought it would be fun to place a little resin bird-in-nest figurine at the base of one of my large holly trees. The hand shaped hollow at the base of the holly seemed the perfect resting place for the nest. Within the nest I placed three wooden eggs painted blue, almost the same color as the nest and bird.

Two days ago I found one of the eggs laying outside the nest. I was pretty sure it had been moved by a squirrel. I placed the egg back in the nest.

This morning I found only one egg in the nest and the other two were no where in sight.

I walked around the yard a bit, not really expecting to find the missing eggs, not really looking for them, but there on the ground at the base of a tree lay one of the strays. Upon one end I found incriminating teeth marks. Of course they were left by some crazy squirrel who must have been quite surprised to learn this was no ordinary nut.

I placed this one, teethmarks and all, back in the nest. Finding this little stray gave me hope I might also find the third. There I was, the last weekend in May hunting eggs on the front lawn. I did a thorough examination of the front lawn and the raised bed surrounding the holly tree but there was no sign of the third missing egg. My guess is that the squirrel either carried it out of the yard or buried it. I may never know. I expect eventually, and probably much sooner than later, they will all disappear, buried or carried into another yard. It will be fun to see how long it takes.


  1. Perhaps you should glue those down. I've heard of people killing snakes this way! I can imagine the look on the poor squirrel's face. He must have wondered why that egg was so hard!

  2. Squirrels actually love bird eggs. I wonder if the squirrel eggnapper was surprised that the mamma bird didn't attach.

    By the way the nest looks great there!

  3. I love the fact that you turned the egg theft into a game for you, as well. It's a great way to roll with whatever life -- or a squirrel -- rolls your way.

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