Empty Ovenbird Nest
On 6/11, I visited the ovenbird nest site and found 3 nestlings with pin feathers, huddled together. Three days later all three were gone. So, I took a photo of their empty nest. I checked the critter cam videos to see if they had been discovered by one of the many potential predators in our woods. I watched as a red fox trotted by, grey squirrel run up the nearby tree, and, most troublesome, three feral cats walking past the nest just one foot away. The nest and these babes were not discovered. Amazing!
It has been 9 days since I found the nest – empty. I hope the Ovenbird family is still thriving.