I had a pair of house finches build a nest in some hedges outside my window. It looked pretty much complete, but ten days ago we had a severe snowstorm that dropped a foot of snow on the yard. Despite being protected by eaves, the nest ended up full of snow. Since then, aside from seeing the male around a couple of times, the birds have not returned to it.
Assuming the female is still alive, is it likely for the birds to return to the nest after such a long time away? Would they be likely to abandon it, after spending 10-14 days building it, due to the snowstorm?