This is an older picture of one of the Japanese White-eyes [Zosterops japonicus (綠繡眼)] that made a nest in front of the house. I took more recent pictures on Sunday, but am having trouble getting them off the memory card they are on because of my Transcend SDHC card decided to crap out on me.
On Sunday morning we noticed the largest of the chicks stretching out its wings and peaking over the edge of the nest as though it was ready to try to fly. The two smaller ones were definitely not yet ready.
In the late afternoon we came home from running errands and noticed only the smallest of the three chicks was still in the nest. A neighbor told us he had picked it up off the ground. Although one may have flown off on its own, the other most certainly didn’t. We figured one of the neighborhood stray cats may have jumped up and hit the nest as it was only about a meter off the ground.
On Monday morning we looked outside to find part of the nest on the ground and no sign of the chicks. We’re guessing this time the cat was able to tear the whole nest from the small planted tree. Although they were just doing what is natural for them, suddenly the neighborhood cats don’t seem so cute after this sad incident.