A pair of starlings nest on my carport every year for 20-25 years. Repair the old nest and lay eggs. Four eggs...four chicks. Every year. The chicks hatch
quickly and have to be fed for weeks before they are ready to fly. No room in the nest for the parents after the chicks hatch
so they roost on a narrow ledge by the nest. Feed those chicks all day. Sortie after sortie to find food
and return. After about 3-4 weeks the chicks are ready to fly. They spend a week or two flying with the chicks and then the chicks go off on their own. Parents and chicks return to the carport each night...parents to the ledge and chicks to the nest.
Three years ago a major storm blew through the day the chicks took their first flight. Only three chicks returned to the nest that night. The parents checked the nest and seemed to be counting heads. Both flew out into the night. Again and again they would fly out into the darkness and wind
and rain and return to check the nest to count heads...then fly out again. They did this all night. And the next night. And the next. The prodigal chick never did show up but those parents were unceasing in their search for that lost
Those birds make a heckuva mess on my carport but I can't bring myself to chase them away.