As I mentioned in a previous post, the heat wave killed our 3 nestlings. It happened on the hottest day, 6/29/21. I have had a trail cam capturing video clips with sound of the box since the pair began nesting, so I can see when the chicks were no longer responding to arrival of prey, which was around 11AM. I also have clips of the following morning when the female started removing the dead chicks from the box. In less than an hours time, she had removed all 3 dead chicks, along with various prey items. The male contintued to bring prey to the box and the female would often chase him away.
When I went out to actually look in the box at the end of the day on 6/30/21, the female had cleaned it out entirely except for the two unhatched eggs remaining. Is there any chance that they may try again, considering the female spent a fair amount of time cleaning the box out? Seems highly unlikely considering how late it is in the season.
I have cleaned the box out and put fresh straw inside.
If the video clips showing the female removing the dead chicks are valuable in any way, I can provide the to you. Maybe this is something not often seen, since chicks dying from extreme heat like this is not common.
Needless to say, I'm heartbroken.