posted on Aug, 1 2018 @ 11:16 PM
We've got a cardinal nest in a bush alongside one of the living room windows, it's a tall bush, over human height, so you can stand at the window and
eyeball the nest fairly well. The kids have been having a blast with this, studying how cardinals nurture their babies.
It has been determined through hours & hours of 2 girls captivated by front row birdwatching that mama....hangs out at the bird bar all day or
something. Daddy seems to be more interested in tending them, but the 2 nestlings are often left for hours before one or the other comes back. Ok,
must be their dynamic, the sparrows in another bush seem to be helicopter parents by comparison.
Well, the nestlings are starting to sprout patches of feathers now, and getting rambunctious in the nest. They kept knocking each other out of it all
day yesterday. Since they've been acting like Mountain Dew-wired toddlers in there, we made sure to let the kids know if they fall out, just VERY
carefully put them back in the nest & watch the area for them (seriously, touching them is fine, just make it quick & don't adopt anybody) It would be
a shame if a hawk swooped down and made off with one or both, or if they got run over in the street, so we all made an effort to watch for partially
feathered nosy squawkers on the ground.
Sure as s#, again today, they went from quiet in the nest to roughhousing to going over the edge & plopping on the ground again. The kids hurry out to
put them back in the nest, and as they're rounding the corner out of my sight, *plop* "squawk squawk* goes one of them already. I meet them at the
door & redirect them back to the bush again, and....no baby bird. The other's still in the nest hollering away, but the other...nowhere. I know one of
the two has the hang of hopping REALLY well and can make like greased lightning when he/she puts their little birdie mind to it, but this was
ridiculous. We looked high & low, all over the yard & in the neighbors', and in the street, no baby bird. That one's gone.
In all likelihood, yes, it's possible a hawk got that one, or a peregrine falcon (we have those pass through often) It wasn't much time between me
leaving the window to getting out there, but for a hunting bird, it's enough. I suppose a cat could have come through quickly and made off with it,
but the only cat that we ever saw was an outdoor pet of a former neighbor who moved, I don't think he's out there taking strolls anymore.
To make sure the sensitive younger kid didn't have a conniption fit over it, I quickly explained that it probably found a ground nest spot we can't
see and was waiting there for it's mom. That seemed to suffice. I mean, the kid knows better, she's not that gullible when it comes to animals, but
whatever works, right? Older kid gave me the "Yeah. Right." side-eye, though, lol.