The robins can NOT catch a break this year. We got almost a half an inch of rain both last Friday and Saturday. When I wandered out Friday afternoon to enjoy the wet, I found this robin nest under one of the sweet gum trees. The nest was trashed and all 3 eggs were smashed. I can't imagine the fall did that kind of damage to the eggs. Whole eggs tend to bounce. These looked like they'd been stepped on. The shells were empty with no sign of any contents.
I've only seen one fully fledged robin in the yard this year with its speckled breast and muted colors. Contrary, the sparrows, blue jays, flickers and the like have done well. But the robins are not having much luck. Hopefully they are doing better in other yards and gardens.
Meanwhile, the lawn (as you can see in the pic) is still brown and crisp in spite of the recent (.9") of water. It's going to take a lot more water and cooler temps to bring THAT back. At least the rain barrels have been topped off again.
In other news, I've updated the Flower, Vegetable and Garden projects pages (links on top of sidebar). Click on the links to check them out.