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Old Jun 15, 2012, 2:49 PM   #1
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I'm so sad to have to report that the chicks have disappeared. They were getting fed this morning, then 3 hours later they have gone. I looked all over to see if they have fallen out but no sign of them. I can only guess that a crow got to them. So sad to see the mother keep coming back looking and sitting in the empty nest.

This was the last image I shot of them, they were getting so big, they would have fledged in 10 days

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Old Jun 16, 2012, 7:43 AM   #2
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Aww really sorry to hear that. Nature is a heart breaker. Thanks so much for sharing the experience with us. It always makes me feel better to think about how many nests you can't see that have to have been successful for as many adults as you see. Doesn't make it any less sad for the ones you've gotten so attached to, but you been given a gift of opportunity most of us will never see. Let's hope for next year. (wonder if they'll lay more eggs this year when rearing is unsuccessful?)
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Thanks Bil, yes reality is harsh but I'm sure she will try again. This would have been her last nest of the season. They usually start around January and raise up to 3 sets of babies by early summer.
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 12:35 PM   #4
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Crows are smart and curious birds. They spend a lot of time prospecting for nests on their own, but you have to be sure there are none around when you plan to photograph a nest, because they will watch you and follow you to the nest. Once they know where it is, they will clean it out after you leave. If the hummingbirds renest this year, the crows will remember your activity and be watching.
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 1:23 PM   #5
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penalta - that is quite disturbing, to think that I may have lead the crows to the nest... We have crows everywhere and I'm always chasing them out of my yard. The hummingbird nesting season is pretty much over, so I don't think this one will return this year. Next year I will be sure to be more careful around the nest.
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Didn't you photograph them through your house window? I don't think you would have led anything to the nest that way.
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Bil, initially I was photographing them through the window while she was building the nest. Once the eggs were laid I started to photograph from outside since I knew I would not scare her away. There were usually people in other parts of the yard with me, so hopefully I wasn't the cause for their demise.....
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