A robin built a nest in a low tree in our back yard. The poor mother was always being displaced from the nest when my kids were playing in the yard. There were 3 eggs in the nest. Usually, at the end of the day as I was picking up toys, I would sneak a peak in the nest just to make sure everything was OK. Yesterday when I went outside, the mother bird wasn't on the nest, nor was she in the yard or on the fence chirping at me as usual. When I went to the nest, 2 of the eggs were just gone and the third was cracked open, split in half, and a small naked looking baby bird with huge fused blue eyes was laying there--still inside the bottom half of the shell. It apparently heard me or felt my movements, because it opened it's mouth wanting food. I didn't know what to do. My instincts told me that something was wrong--2 eggs missing and no mother bird in sight. All day, I kept my eye on the back yard, but the mother apparently abandoned the nest for some reason (we are in a drought and I assume food is scarce). Sadly, the baby bird died, but before it did, I wanted to take a picture of it. I was so profoundly upset, I thought taking a photo might help. Does that make sense? My dh discouraged me from doing so, said that it seemed morbid. Thoughts?