Captain’s Log 5,840
I fear the worst for the hatchlings. The whole fern was toppled yesterday morning. I found only bits of one bird when I went to clean it up. Three others were alive. Two were clinging to the fern itself and one was on the sidewalk. I tipped the one closest to the nest back inside, and I took the other two into the house. And then I went into a panic about what to do. I called Friend Sally and she came right over to help.
The online sources said it was okay to put the babies back into the nest. So we did. Very carefully. Mom Bird came back to the nest but I think it was too late. I had to leave for work, so Friend Sally stayed a few hours. She saw only minimal movement from one bird. When I got home from work, nothing was moving at all. Mom Bird is still hanging around this morning. The nest was not molested last night. I left all the outside lights on to dissuade any cats or other critters.
Mom Bird is so freaked out. The poor little thing. She is guarding her nest right now so I don’t want to disturb her for another look. I don’t think it will be good news. I just can’t bear to remove them until she seems ready to let them go.