Thursday, July 2, 2015

Watching baby robins grow

In late May, a pair of robins built a nest in an ornamental pear tree in our patio.  After "soaping" our windows so the male robin would stop attacking his reflection that he assumed was a rival, we settled back to watch and wait. The nest was low enough that we could watch the robins grow up once they hatched. In eight days, the three went from bald headed, eyes closed, weaklings to fully fledged, flying youngsters--although Mama did need to push the last one out of the nest!

Note the maturing colors of the head and breast

You can see the basic colors of adulthood.  They are about ready to leave

First flight-- a bit of a crash a foot from the nest

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