There is still no movement in the nest, and no sign of either Rufous or Henrietta! I am suspicious that a predator, hearing the chirps of young birds, has taken the chicks from the nest. The nest, being only about 35 feet up in the tree, would be an easy target for a predator like a raccoon! Or something may have happened to Rufous. Henrietta would not be likely to provide for the chicks without him. No scenario I can imagine is a positive one.
June 10: The Nest is Abandoned
Clearly the nest has been abandoned. As I look at nest tree, I can see what easy access a predator would have to the nest. In my heart of hearts, I am suspicious of a raccoon. There are many in this area, and one even came into our house one time! Unfortunately, Rufous and Henrietta's choice of a nest site was not a good one.
June 11: Rufous Re-appears
Today, while having my breakfast juice, I spotted Rufous in the cypress tree! I was so relieved to see him! And he was pulling sticks from the tree, like he does when he is nest-building. As I watched, Rufous flew north with a stick, then back to the tree for another. He carried several sticks to some unknown location. What does it mean? I will have to observe carefully to find out.