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rfd60koko

had a nesting blue bird family as before , feeding them meal worms etc ....they had 4 young ready to leave in about a week or so when all of a sudden they stopped coming for meal worms .... I check box and all young were dead ,,,, what do you think happened .?has any one ever heard of the parents abandoning the nest like that ???the young were still in the box so it doesn't seem like some predator (Squirrel, raccoon or something got them ...the parents seemed to just stop feeding them ..... now, in another box I have another nesting , I think it's the first pair which I thought a hawk or something might have gotten the female as only the male kept coming for three days to feed the young before he stopped also ...... weird

   
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capeanner

Sounds as though they are being picked off by predators. Too bad. I've yet to see a bluebird.

   
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rfd60koko this sounds like perhaps one of the original nesting parents died and then the remaining parent continued to try to feed the offspring, but then abandoned the nest. That is not uncommon with some species of birds. The new nesting pair are likely not exactly the same, but perhaps one of the original parents with a new mate. One parent feeding the offspring is very challenging to keep-up, hence why it is usually a team effort and incentive to find a new mate.

   

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