POTD: Empty Nest #8

Empty Nest #8
Bozeman, Montana
2017

This is the time of year we start cleaning out our birdhouses as well as bird nests we find in various impromptu places around the house. Mostly we come across robin’s nests and those of house wrens. I don’t recall ever finding an old robin’s nest still with eggs still in it, but for whatever reason it is quite common with the house wrens even though they nest in more protected spaces. Although the breakage in the egg on the right in the photo appears to have occurred from the outside, on first glance it gives the impression that a chick was pecking its way out but never made it to freedom for whatever reason.