July 28, 2010

A Walk in the Woods: Hatchlings

The blue thrush's eggs that I found a few days ago, posted here, have hatched. I was thrilled and saddened this morning when I looked into the nest: two tiny naked lives where there had been three eggs. They were quivering and moving about, lifting a head with difficulty. When I saw these creatures, without their mother, who I saw sitting on a branch a few feet away, I felt a nearly excruciating sense of vulnerability: how is it possible that any creature at all survives when it comes into the world with such fragility?


  1. They sure need their mama and papa, don't they? They make baby humans look sturdy! These two look like they JUST hatched, not long before you got there. The female carries the eggshells away from the nest, not wanting to give predators any clues.

  2. Susan, thanks for the information on the eggshells; I was wondering where they might be. I've never seen just-hatched birds; their frailness was almost shocking.