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I returned the following day to document the progress of the nestlings, to find a disaster had struck. Someone or something had knocked over the sunflowers supporting the nest (winds were gusty that first day, but I don't think they could have blown the sunflowers over). The nest was steeply tilted over, and only two nestlings were to be seen. The remaining pair seemed listless, and the mother was only coming sporadically to feed them. I was so distraught I soon left, without taking any pictures. Without such an exposed and distressed nest site, the young birds seemed doomed.
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