Nature sucks!

Today, a Bee found its way into our screened-in back porch, probably during one of the thousands of times throughout the day we opened the screen door for the dogs to go out and back in. Rather than kill it, we caught it under a glass and released it back into the outside. We were really proud of ourselves.

Later this afternoon, I let the dogs out, and within a few minutes, I heard a cacophony of screeching birds. When I ran out to see what was going on, I spotted Rita across the yard with a dead bird in her mouth. It broke my heart. I still can’t get the image out of my head, and I feel so guilty. Our yard is full of birds. We have 4 different occupied bird nests, and I worry the bird Rita killed may have been the parent of one of the nests-full of hatchlings.

I guess it’s the balance of things – one life saved, for one life lost.

Nature can be a real bitch some times.

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10 Responses to Nature sucks!

  1. Peter says:

    If it was a just fledged baby then maybe she got it. If it was an adult I would bet it was a dead bird she found in the yard. Hard to think she caught a healthy adult.


  2. Infinite Jester says:

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  3. Urspo says:

    only some times?


  4. I never thought a dog would snatch a bird. I would expect that from someone like my little kitty Torrie, but not a dog.


  5. that is sad news. and an eye-opener. I know if my cats were outside, the damage they could do, but sweet rita mae! it’s bad enough we have a red-tailed hawk that catches birdies.


  6. Linda Practical Parsimony says:

    I did not know dogs could catch a bird!


  7. truthspew says:

    Ahem from my mispent youth. Two kids and a slingshot can decimate a bird population. So too a rat population — we got really good at killing vermin.


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