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Leaving the nest is a major accomplishment. But life for this young American robin will not be easy. Keith Corliss/The Pioneer

Flight Lines: Real nature often harsh, not always happily-ever-after

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Early one morning last week I walked up the steps of a neighbor's house. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed movement. A moment later there was an explosion of sorts. Three or four young American robins fluttered out of a nest atop the porch light and scattered in every direction. Barely feathered, this was obviously their first excursion out of the nest. Life, from this point on, will get no easier for these birds than it was while snuggled in the care of doting parents.

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