Baby robins

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The scene of the robins’ nest has changed considerably since the previous post. Instead of four beautiful blue eggs there are now two nestlings – we have no idea what happened to the other two eggs. Now the adults are kept busy looking for insects and worms.

Turdus migratorius

In the beginning there was not much movement in the nest, and the babies apparently spent most of their time sleeping. However, when a parent arrived with food they were instantly awake with mouths wide open.

Turdus migratorius feeding youngWe pass by the nest frequently and the parents do not seem to see us as a threat. I’ve tried to keep my distance when using the camera, but they don’t seem to mind my taking a close-up now and then.

Turdus migratorius nestlingsIt’s amazing how quickly the youngsters have grown. This photo shows the change after only three more days.

Two young Turdus migratorius in NestThe young birds are much more active now, and I’m guessing it won’t be long until they leave the nest. They’ve been great fun to watch, and I feel fortunate to have been able to observe their progress so close at hand.

15 thoughts on “Baby robins”

  1. Oh Betty, how wonderful to see them growing. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us. It’s a delight to watch.
    We have a family of wrens but cannot approach them; the parents make such an uproar when we try to get closer! But it feels like such a gift to have them in our garden.
    As for the missing eggs, there are stories about big birds steeling them for their own nests or to feed on them. Doesn’t it break your heart?

    1. Thanks, Louise. I’m glad there are folks like you who share some of my interests. And yes, I fear the ways of nature are not for the faint-hearted.

  2. Beautiful Betty. We have a nest on top of one of our gutters. We can see at least 2 babies in there lifting up their beaks, but it is too high to see into.

    1. Glad you have the nest nearby, Regina. I feel we’ve been very fortunate to easily observe the adults and little ones.

    1. David, you are correct. This is the first time we’ve been able to observe all the happenings so easily and a real treat.

  3. Thank you for continuing to share your fascinating ringside view of the nusery. It’s wonderful that Momma Robby does not seem threatened by her human-interest status.

    1. Yes, Beth, I totally agree. I’ve frankly been surprised at the level of acceptance of both adults.

  4. How fun to watch them grow so fast! We had a nest in a lower branch of one our trees a couple of years ago and the parents would dive bomb us every time we got close. It was nice they were such good parents but it got a little crazy getting swooped on the whole time I had to work near the tree. They got so close I could feel their wings on my head!

    1. Keli, sounds like those birds were a bit overly protective. I’ve heard of blue jays acting in a similar manner. Glad our robins have been more trusting.

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