Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Broken Heart



See the 2 beautiful Loon eggs in the nest above? It breaks my heart to know they will never hatch due to the unfortunate (and dare I say it - IDIOTIC) actions of a person who got too close to the nest. On the day I found the nest, I posted signs at the boat launch warning everyone and to please give the Loons their space. According to one resident on our lake, it was the first time in 30 years that the Loons had attempted to nest on our lake.

I found the nest last Sunday, came back to the cabin on Thursday and found no Loon parents. After investigating, I inadvertently found out who the culprit was who got too close (I'm pretty sure, but have to admit other factors go in to Loons abandoning the nest) and was just devastated. I admit, I went inside my cabin and cried. (I know Bird Girl will know how I feel, I still remember when her bluebird babies died.) My heart is completely broken...

32 comments:

Leeloo said...

Shelley, I'm so sorry to hear about this :( It's infuriating!! And very sad :( *hugs*

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is so sad.Will people never learn?
Blessings,Ruth

Cathy Clementz said...

Why can't people just let Nature be? I am so sorry that this happened. It reminds me of many things that careless people have done at our campground with birds and nesting birds....so sad.

troutbirder said...

Unfortunately the world is full of them.....idiots that is.

Ginnymo said...

Aww. I am so sorry that had to happen Shelly. We were all looking forward to seeing those babies this year.

BirdingMaine said...

I feel your sorrow Shelley. Yes, idiots they are. Idiots like those who bait wild Owls with pet store mice just to get a photo.

The culprit would get a good talking to, and by the time I was finished telling them how wrong they were, they would wish they never knew me.

Stephen Matthew Photography said...

Sorry to hear. I have a camp on a small lake in Upstate, NY. There have been several loons on the lake recently (which I think is rare for this lake) and I am hoping they are nesting.

soggibottom said...

I know exactly how the bird girl felt.... x x x
Box has been moved........ !

A New England Life said...

Shelley, you have to believe that they will try again. Don't give up hope. Nature never does and you can't either.

I remember waking up one morning at 5:30 to the sound of birds going crazy in the backyard. I looked out the window only to see the Crows dragging the baby Catbirds (which we had been watching) out of their nest. My husband and I ran out into the yard hollering but it was to late. All the babies were gone or dead. The Catbird parents sat on our fence and cried all day long. Saddest thing ever, and I'll never forget it. Still, a pair comes back every year to nest in our yard. They never give up.

Hugs to you,
Sharon

Marydon Ford said...

Shame on them! So sad, Shelley. We just lost our 4 baby robins this week ... sniff!

Have a great week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Oh, Shelley, I'm sorry.

JKoenig said...

How disappointing.

Steve said...

This is terrible....

Bird Girl said...

Oh Shelley!!! I could cry for you! This whole nest watching thing just sets us tender hearts up for a break, doesn't it? This was thee most exciting thing to look forward to for you - a summer of little loons - and now this. I am so sorry for you and hope they might try again somewhere close enough for you to watch from afar! Don't give up, girl!

Montanagirl said...

I'm very sorry to hear this as well. People just can't leave anything alone. So sad.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Shelley, I posted on the other blog --but just wanted to say that I'm still very very sad...

Love you,
Betsy

Mildred said...

I am so sad about this news. We were so excited for you and this is just horrible. You said the hymn was comforting - I am so glad I was led to post it because I am speechless. I'm so sorry Shelley.

Daisy said...

Shelley, I'm so sorry to hear this news. Such a shame. Hugs to you.

Jessica said...

I'm so sorry Shelley. I know how much those Loons mean to you.

Jessica said...

I'm so sorry Shelley! I know how much those Loons mean to you.

KathyB. said...

Oh Shelley, this makes me sad too. What a way to start the summer.

Elaine said...

How very sad, Shelley. Perhaps the Loons will try again, if not this year then maybe next year.

Heather said...

Shelley, I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. I send big hugs your way. Please take care.

The Early Birder said...

Shelley. My heart goes out to you at this sorrowful time. Far too many fail to understand that nature needs its own space...but nature has a habit of rebounding from these unfortunate events and I'm sure the Loons will try again sometime. Hugs....FAB.

Kelly said...

I am so sorry! my heart goes out to you. I just dont understand why the world has to have idiots! I hope the idiot gets what he deserves. Im so sorry!

Shelley said...

Thanks to all my blogger friends for your kind words! The pair of Loons have completely left my lake which means they were very upset. I believe they are on the neighboring lake which now has 2 pairs. I am contemplating how I am going to educate the person who scared them off. I am hopeful the loons will give our lake another try next year.

The Retired One said...

How devastating...I am sad for you too...you need to talk to the DNR to see if they will post permanent signs on the lake in time for next year...they may return and start another nest and the signs will be up..perhaps they would do that for you?

T and S said...

Shelley - That's really unfortunate and a costly mistake....Thomas

Samuel said...

That is so sad! I would have loved to see pictures of baby loons. :(

HANNIBAL said...

Oh No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sooooooooo sorry Shelley!

Kathiesbirds said...

Mine is broken and I am infuriated! Oh, poor loons! This always makes me reluctant to reveal a nest to anyone because someone always wants to get closer than they should and some idiots even think they want a baby for a pet!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Shelly, I am so sad for you and for the Loons. Here in Minnesota we have a Loon Cam and the nest was not successful either..and it was on a platform. Here is the website for Larrys Loon Blog http://www.mnbound.com/larrys-loon-blog/ Somewhere on his blog or maybe in the Chat Room FAQ is info about the platform that he built :) Connie