I knew this day was coming, but I'm still sad. I checked the post yesterday, where the baby birds were, and they are no longer in the nest.

Over the weekend, they definitely looked like they were getting ready to fly. On Sunday, I looked inside the post, and saw one of the birds climbing towards the opening. So, I prepared myself that I probably wouldn't be seeing them for much longer.

Yesterday, I checked on them when I got home from the radio station, and, sure enough, the next was empty. On one hand, I'm happy because we can replace our post now, but on the other hand, I'm going to miss seeing the little babies growing. It was a pretty cool experience to see them grow from hatchlings with no feathers, to baby birds with feathers.

I'm hoping that we can salvage the post, and make it look nice to put in the yard. Maybe they'll use it to nest in again. We'd have to put it a little farther from the house, though. We were always getting yelled at by the parents, because the nest was in a very busy area, and they didn't like us being in the yard by the nest.

The birds are black-capped chickadees, and the babies were so cute! According to Audubon.org, they only have one brood per year, so I don't think we'll be seeing anymore babies this year.

Here are some videos we captured over the two weeks that the babies were in the post:

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