Originally, Mr. was widowed. I had seen the female and male sparrows very early in the spring, but after one of two brutal snow storms, the female disappeared. He remained at the nest, lamenting and frustrated, crying out for days and then weeks, trying to attract a new lady friend. Finally, the courting began and I started to see the new little Mrs. coming and going.
Well, it now appears as though she is managing the nest on her own. This, I think, leaves her vulnerable as she races in the heat, back and forth from the feeder, tending her little ones who now make their presence known redundantly through the day and into the evening. Mother sometimes appears to be panting at the nest opening. I haven’t seen Mr. around for over a week.
But, I HAVE seen the aunties…a whole string of females on my eves trough, that every time Mrs. leaves the nest untended, take turns flying in to look at the youngsters. I’m wondering if this, in nature, is a malicious thing or if they are curious on-lookers. I just feel very sad for how busy Mrs. is and wonder how she will manage to see her way through this time.
Just this morning, my daughter and I had our first siting of one of the young birds. I would love to place a trampoline under the vent location because in the past, we’ve always lost one or two to their fall onto the hard ground below.