Today is a sad day for Shy because two of her eggs were found smashed open, probably by a crow or blackbird. One egg was missing and another was pushed under the fence and could no longer be brooded. It looked like it happened yesterday evening as the ants had not gotten to them, yet, but it was starting to dry up. One egg still had an embryo that looked like it was about a week, more or less, developed. The dad was still around as was Shy's parents. Everyone seemed really somber. Shy probably went somewhere to reset her hormones so that she can try again. Hopefully, she and her mate will choose a better spot. There's no hope for her last egg, it was stone cold this morning. I pulled it out so it's more accessible to the father in case he decides to keep trying to brood it.
Tom hasn't been seen for almost two weeks now. No one who knows him has seen him, either. I thought I saw him in the brush in his napping area this morning, but it didn't look like he was alive. I think he might have died of old age in his sleep. I don't think a predator got him, just a peaceful death.
In the south bay
Today, I went to the Tijuana Estuary and the South Bay and took some photos of the birds.
He's a photo of a long-billed Curlew:
And, a couple of willets:
Here's a couple of cliff swallows gathering mud before a Cooper's hawk decided to try to get them for dinner:
At the Visitor's center of the Tijuana Estuary, I saw a Say's phoebe nest:
And, in the south bay, I saw a bunch of little shorebirds. Most of these are semi-palmated plovers, western sandpipers and sanderlings:
And, finally, a photo of what looks like to be a western sandpiper alone:
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