I knew it was just a matter of time before the babies flew away...I really thought it would be over the weekend.
Things have been a bit "crowded" in the hood for several days now.
Uhmmmm..........so if I don't learn this flying thing the first time I'll end up WHERE?????? That's a LONG way down......THERE!!!!
I think the thought of "down there" prompted all the practice flying!!!
And then they were gone! I had hoped to see them actually leave the nest....I went inside for a few minutes, came back out and they were all gone. I noticed Mama Bird was at her usual perch......several feet from the nest where she has pretty much stayed for the past few days....she flew back to the nest, saw it was empty, flew into the woods and hasn't been seen since.