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Meghan Cox Gurdon: Fledging grackles avert suburban chainsaw massacre

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The first sign that something had changed in the robin's nest beside our porch seemed ominous. The 7-year-old found a fragment of beautiful blue eggshell on the ground, a rather worrying distance away. Had a predator dropped it, to get at its contents? "Oh please let everything be OK with the babies." "We'll take a quick look as soon as she -- there! She flew away. Go check, but don't touch!"...

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