Little did they know when they fell asleep that their home would collapse in the middle of the night.
Their home was old and rotten - a concept they little understood. It was a single small space that provided a safe haven for the night - that was all they needed.
The rains from the past week strained the already rotten wood and without notice on a clear night their safe haven fell out from under them and landed with a thud on the pavement below... all residents were killed on impact... 4 full grown birds.
The Engineer and I heard the thud outside... and after checking the yard along the side of the house with a flashlight we finally saw the tree limb laying in the school driveway next door. It was late - so we left the chore of dragging the limb aside for the morning.
We found the birds early Saturday when we went to clean up the driveway. There they were - all together in what remained of their nest in the hollow of the tree limb. No indication at all that they even awoke... they were just laying peacefully - wings folded to their sides - their home a broken shell.