Grandbirdie update–Where Have All the Birdies Gone?

From the Audobon site on Carolina Wrens.

Incubation is by female only, 12-16 days; male may feed female during incubation. Young: Both parents bring food for nestlings. Young leave nest about 12-14 days after hatching. 2 broods per year, or 3 in south.
We should have realized last week when the birds were not squawking or moving and what I think was a grown bird in the nest that something was not right.
When  Bob went to water the fuchsia, no bird flew out of the nest and we heard no chirps from baby birds demanding to be fed.  By now we should have seen baby bird exercising their wings,  in preparation of fledging.
When Bob took the plant down, the nest was empty.
Grandbirdies--The Nest is empy

I really hope that we were not part of the problem. The plant is thriving. Maybe the Carolina Wrens will try a second clutch in that same plant.

Fuschia plant where the nest is.

18 thoughts on “Grandbirdie update–Where Have All the Birdies Gone?”

  1. I think there’s an old saying that a brood in the nest is worth two (or three) in the fuchsia. I wonder if Confuchsia was the wise old bird who said it? 😉

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  2. Priscilla’s probably right. Birds mature very quickly. That’s a good thing because feeding them takes a lot of energy, and birds in a nest are a lot more vulnerable than ones high on a branch somewhere. The sooner they don’t need parental care and can fly away, the better it is for the whole family. Sorry you missed the launch party.

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  3. I have a feeling once they’re ready to leave the nest, they just do it and don’t come back. Nests aren’t like houses for birds; they’re more like wombs. The same thing happened with the Bewick’s wrens that nested on my back porch. One day the little guys were cheeping in the nest and the next day they were all gone. Bye-bye birdies!

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    1. LOL. The fact that we never heard them chirping or saw them exercising their wings is what makes me wonder. But since we don’t know, I hope they successfully fledged and are hopping and bopping around.

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