Experiencing the spectacle of doomed behavior in local wildlife can be a sad or even heart-wrenching affair for those of us who are diehard animal lovers. Perhaps these situations are all the more heartbreaking upon realizing that climate change is in some way probably at least partly to blame for what amounts to a certain death — by freezing, in this case — approaching the young American Robin chicks, should the eggs now being warmed by the mother bird actually hatch.
This is probably the same American Robin that lost one or more of her chicks to a two story fall onto the driveway below from a nest in the exact same location — on the gutter spout just under the eave — in her second nest of 2012 (late August). (Read post)
As I write this blog post it is MLK Day at 7:30pm CST; the current temperature is a bit over 30 degrees F. Tonight’s low temperature in the Nashville, Tennessee area is expected to drop to around 17 degrees F after midnight.
What else but ridiculously warm, unseasonal winter weather could cause such an American Robin to nest in January here in Nashville? Of course, I may be jumping to this conclusion; however, I fear this episode is portentous and that such behavior will occur more and more often as mankind continues to heat up the average temperature of our world.
If you’ve seen birds nesting in winter locally, I’d appreciate hearing any stories.
Will the female American Robin actually nest through such a deep freeze? We’ll see.