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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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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.
These are fledglings that have just left the nest and not yet found their wings and most are blackbirds.
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.
My little ones did all right until they left the nest.
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.
Most of the workers who died from the fungal infection permanently left the nest hours or days before death, and died in a foraging area far from their nest mates.
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.
After her kids left the nest in 1999, homemaker Ellyn Anne Geisel decided to do "something different.
They had four children of their own, but all had already left the nest.