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leave the nest

To move out of one's parents home for the first time, most typically when going into third-level education. I can't believe my little girl is getting ready to leave the nest. I'm so proud and so sad all at once! While it is liberating for most teenagers, leaving the nest can be a very emotionally challenging period in one's life.
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Two chicks hatched at Bristol Zoo Gardens seven weeks ago, the first successful breeding of Socorro doves there for four years, and have already left the nest. Trevor Franks, curator of birds at Bristol, said: "Socorro doves are on the very brink of extinction and sadly now only exist in captivity, so to have bred these chicks is a great achievement and a massive boost for the captive breeding programme."
Traffic noise may be associated with an increased rate of telomere loss in Zebra finches that have left the nest, according to a study.
STAFF at Dudley Zoo have had the chance to p-ppick up a penguin as two babies have just left the nest for the first time.
"I called the RSPB and they said unfortunately we could not do anything until they had left the nest and that can take up to three weeks.
Granted, my 10-year-old has not left the nest for university or anything as drastic as that, but did go on a camping trip for two nights.
"The act of intentionally or recklessly disturbing, a wild bird is actually an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and we would strongly advise people to defer any gardening and to leave the birds alone until all fledglings have left the nest."
In June, the hatchling left the nest; in August, the adults visited for the last time.
My little ones did all right until they left the nest. The other does were territorial and they did not want other rabbits in their territory.
Cheshire Wildlife Trust, who have been working to protect the birds and keep their location secret, can now reveal that the marsh harriers successfully raised three chicks, which have now left the nest.
As soon as bass fry were mobile, they left the nest and moved to nearby areas that offered complex cover where they could hide from predators.
Mike Regnier, of survey compiler the Halifax, said: "Even though children have left the nest, the bank of mum and dad is a key contributor."
A Wait until the chicks have left the nest - it shouldn't be long - then remove it.
Patient observation and ringing of their chicks confirms that to date 23 owls have been successfully reared and left the nest. Some experts are delighted at the news, others are wary.
After her kids left the nest in 1999, homemaker Ellyn Anne Geisel decided to do "something different." Her project started as Apron Chronicles, a traveling museum exhibit about the history of "the icon of the homemaker," she said.