The other night I went outside to find the above pictured bird nest on the driveway.
One of the neighborhood cats managed to leap from a planter that stood below the nest (a distance of around 5-feet in my estimation) that was wedged between the rain gutter and outdoor light, and then bat the nest down. At least that's what I figured.
It was dark and I thought, well, maybe the birds managed to escape during the attack. They were gettin' ready to leave pretty soon anyway.
I went back in the house, then went out again and startled the local black & white cat, which jumped outta the bushes in the flower bed and skedaddled. I looked around the flower bed with a flashlight for evidence and didn't find any, but the next day, with the sun out, I saw some feathers, so it looks like the birds didn't make it (unlike last year, when the neighborhood cats left the very same nest alone.)
The mom & dad bird hung for a day but after that they moved on.
I'm kinda bummed out about it all, so don't give me the business. And happy memorial day.