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Hi! I live in Wisconsin and enjoy watching birds. I'm no expert (by far!), but have read and observed. I have a grapevine wreath next to my front door. Every spring a finch couple build a nest and raise 4 or 5 babies. This has been going on for at least 5 or more years. Sometimes a second set build another nest behind the 1st one, and we get to watch another set of hatchlings fledge. This year, something very tragic has happened! There were 5 eggs when the mother began to sit. One day we found one egg, with a tiny baby bird partly hatched from it, lying on our porch. We've seen an egg pushed from the nest before, so that part was sad but not unusual. Then, about a week or so later, the mother abandoned the nest completely. There are 2 very tiny (probably just hatched) babies in the nest. Oddly, there is no sign of the other 2 eggs that had been in the nest. (5 to start: 1 pushed out, 2 dead babies, 2?) First, why might she have abandoned her 2 hatched babies? Second, what might have happened to the other 2 eggs?

KC Foggin

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Hi there Kokopelli and a warm welcome to you from those of us on staff here at BirdForum (y)

We're glad you found us and thanks for taking a moment to say hello. Please join in wherever you like ;)

delia todd

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Hi Kokopelli and a warm welcome from me too.

I'm so sorry to hear about the failure of that nest. I'm afraid I can't really answer your question though, there could be a number of reasons. It could be her partner died and there was no-one to bring any food or help with incubation. But it's guess-work.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I hope to hear about all the birds you see when out and about.


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Welcome to Birdforum. I am sure that you will find lots to interest you here and I hope you enjoy your visits. It’s a shame that the nest failed.

Lisa W

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Hello and welcome to the forum. I think you will find us a friendly and helpful group. I’m sorry I can’t help with your questions on why the nest failed. Nature is not always kind or understandable.

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