Missing baby Robins

I have a nest at my upstairs window sill and a Robin had laid 3 eggs.


I watched from inside my home as the eggs hatched and lo and behold, three little Robins were born.

Then one day I heard the parent singing/chirping very loudly and when I went to look, the bird was out of the nest and sitting on a wire attached to the house just chirping away.

The next day when I went to take a look at how the little ones were progressing, they were gone.... all three.

Does the parent ever move their young?

I even went outside to see if they fell out onto the lawn but there was nothing there.

Does anyone know what could have happened?

Thanks for your story - depending on how old the babies were, a couple of things could have happened. If the young birds had got their feathers and were ready to leave the nest, then they could have grown up and gone.

On the other hand, if this happend so early this season, I suspect that some predator may have taken the chicks - a Crow, Blue Jay or Squirrel, perhaps.

I am sad that your little bird friends are gone, but the parent birds do have time to lay more eggs this season, and raise one or even two batches of eggs.

Thank you for telling us your story.

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Apr 25, 2017
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Baby Robins missing
by: Anonymous

Same for us. We had a nest with two baby birds. Two days after hatching, I went out to check on them, and they were nowhere in sight. We are so sad to think that a predator got them.

May 25, 2014
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Same for us
by: Anonymous

Last night mother Robin was tending her very newly hatched young. I went about my potting of plants. This morning I took another opportunity to take a peek. Totally vacant and very clean nest remained. I did hear a ruckus of some sort in the early hours.

May 19, 2014
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Missing baby Robins
by: Anonymous

Our family too has been tracking the progress of a young robin family who built a best outside our front door. Mama had 4 eggs and 2 hatched on Sunday, much to the kids excitement. Then on Monday after noticing both mama and papa were keeping away but squawking, I took a peek and there was not a baby birdie in sight. I looked around and finally found one baby on the ground and very cold (I think dead). I didn't know what to do, so I put it back in the nest. Mama still hasn't come back and we are heartbroken.

Jun 05, 2011
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Sad Family of Bird Lovers, Too
by: Anonymous

We had the same thing happen at our home. There was a very persistent mother/father robin building a nest inside of our garage on top of our garage door track -- the chain moved right through the nest, shaking the whole thing every time we opened or closed the garage door! We repeatedly took it down before she could lay the eggs. Eventually they nested in a planter right next to our door - still not the best site since we are a busy family! But we all loved watching the progress. Even the our little ones could see into the nest when we lifted them since it was only 4 ft off the ground. Each day we watched and eventually 4 babies were born. Then on Friday 2 babies were gone. A few hours later the other 2 were gone. They were only 5 days old, so much too young to have left the nest on their own. I'm sure it was the Starlings or crows. I had hoped that since the nest was so close to our door the other birds would have stayed away. Needless to say there was much crying yesterday at our loss in this adventure.

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