Dark-eyed Junco nest

This little Dark-eyed Junco nest was so well hidden. It was tucked under a little mossy rock ledge on the ground. I was walking by and a junco suddenly took flight, so I looked closely and found it. Inside was a nestling and two eggs. Sadly, over the course of a few days they all disappeared. First the nestling, than one of the eggs, and then the final egg. The parents were on the nest most of the the time, so I don’t know what could have gotten it. Perhaps mice or chipmunks.

Dark-eyed Junco, freshly hatched!

I’m lucky enough to have discovered this nest in one of my Strawberry baskets. I now have a nest camera on it.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology