A couple of hours after I posted last, a commotion arose on the front porch; the robin on duty had seen a cat and raised the alarm. I walked onto the porch but could not locate the cat, so I searched the azaleas. My back was to the next when I heard a whirring of wings and found myself surrounded by a swirl of birds; the chicks had fledged!
At that point Jennie came out, saw the fledglings land in the yard, noted the cat nearby, and gave chase, much to the apparent approval of the parents. For a couple of days we could hear the robins’ constant communication as the young moved about the yard. For the past three or four days there has been no sign of the robins; after weeks of their constant chatter the silence seems lonely and a tad disconcerting.
Once again the kids have left home and the house feels empty.