At first I was alarmed that we had perhaps moved the nest away from the parents, thus dooming the eggs. But when I looked in the nest I saw that the eggs had been cracked open....I suspect by some sort of small predator. It doesn't appear as if anything had hatched out of them--but I suppose it's possible.
Carole decided to keep the nest so that she can use it for an art project. And I took a closeup photo of the egg so that I could find someone who might be able to identify the species. (If you know--I'd be happy to hear it.)
|The nest was under the white vinyl cover on the front of the Casita where the propane tanks are stationed.|
|Here's the nest with the two broken eggs.|
|Closeup detail of the egg coloring and patterns.|