May 04 2009
Every year I’m amazed at how quickly Dorothy gives up on housekeeping after the chicks hatch. She’s able to keep the nest fairly clean in the first few days but inevitably there’s one meal – usually a pigeon – that tips the balance.
Here she is presiding over her nest and chicks at 7:00am today. The chicks are so large she can hardly brood them, but it’s dark and rainy so she shelters them amidst the wreckage of prior meals. They make a sweet picture except for the exploded prey around them.
It would be healthier for her family if she kept the nest clean but, as she would tell you, none of her chicks ever died from a dirty nest.
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