We were away for a couple of days over the holiday weekend. Before we left there was a nesting of Chickadees in one of my boxes, two nestings of TRES, and a Robin’s nest. The fourth nestbox was empty.
I checked just before leaving and no eggs had hatched.
Got home too late last night to check, but went out just now and the Chickadee nest is empty – clean as a whistle! No eggs in the box, no eggs on the ground, nest not disturbed. The pole had a stovepipe baffle, and the box had a wren guard and a 1 1/8″ hole reducer. The TRES nest on the same side of the yard is just the same, except for one little piece of a broken egg on the ground. But same situation all around – nest not disturbed, and the pole is baffled. Third box, the one with the 2nd TRES nesting, seems to be intact, although I couldn’t see what’s in it because mama is sitting tight.
The one bright spot was the Robin’s nest. I peeked in just in time to witness a miracle!
Sorry to hear the troubles with the nests. There seems to be a lot of that happening around the forum. But your seeing that beginning of the robin hatch is just great. I have not had that opportunity.
It sounds like it cheered you up a bit. Congratulations.
Sorry, Cher – I always worry about leaving for a few days during nesting season, but we have to live our own lives. Glad you got cheered up by seeing the baby Robin hatch – I have never witnessed this. Hope the rest of the season goes better.
So sorry, Cher! Such a bummer! Think it was a snake? What an amazing photo you have of those Robins hatching. That is amazing!
Funny story- when my first bluebird nesting was going on, so was the robin’s. Was so funny to see the robin parents fit about ten mealworms in their beaks at a time to feed nestlings. Now, one of the juvenile robins stands guard on my feeder for hours (even when all mealworms are gone). That little thing that has only been in the world for a short time is bullying all the other birds away from feeder. Little stinker!