|Two of the Eastern Phoebe eggs found punctured and discarded on the ground.|
|The nest's eggs were almost certainly destroyed by a House Wren.|
|This Phoebe will have to start over with a second nest. Better luck next time!|
What tyrant could have done such a mean thing? My main suspect is that cute and chatty little character, the House Wren. They are known to harass larger birds, to puncture their eggs and to kill the young and even the adults. No wonder squabbles and shrieks can be heard among the feathered community in breeding season. The neighbourhood is awash with avian crime. A defense lawyer could proclaim, "My client is pleading insanity due to instinct."
|A House Wren stuffing apartment #4 with cedar twigs.|
|Mr. Wren is certainly cute and dapper but also aggressive and mercurial.|