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3: a bird's eye view...pun intended Tuesday, May 26th 2009 Little did I know a Robin had built a nest in this twisted willow wreath on my front porch. What a well chosen place that is safe and protected. You can hardly tell it is there unless you look closely.
4: This is the view from inside my home...look how close she is...beyond cool. | Her normal position...sometimes she is facing the other way...still in the same position
5: Here she is annoyed with me I am sure. She often flies to the neighbor's tree across the way or some times stays close by as she did here. | I know there are definitely two eggs in the nest but I cannot get a shot of it from inside. There could be a third...we shall soon find out.
6: As you can imagine, I have become completely enamored watching this Robin. The funny thing is she more often than not allows me to watch her from the window which is but a foot or two from her. Have me walk in the driveway which is many, many feet away and she flies out of the nest and fast. It will be most fascinating to observe once her babies are born. I will share pictures when that happens so stay tuned. This morning she was standing on the edge of the nest like she is above but she was fussing inside the nest. I thought maybe the eggs were hatching. I got a little closer to the window and she plopped right down on the eggs in her normal position...too cute...protecting her babies. | Just a cool shot of her.
7: babies have hatched Saturday, May 30th 2009 This is beyond, beyond cool being able to observe this process of nature close up. I feel like I am in my 3rd grade science class but this time there is no incubator...it is the real thing. I have only seen one baby as of yet because of how they are situated in the nest. | Here is the first photo of the "newborn."
8: I just discovered there are two birds tending to their little ones. After the chicks hatched I thought the mom just sat on them differently as her chest appeared much larger. Then I realized it was a different bird all together which I am figuring is the dad or vise versa. | quite the dedicated tag team Monday, June 1, 2009 | They are funny to watch...such a team. If any bird comes close they shoo them away and fast. I couldn't believe I got this shot of the two of them. They keep good tabs on me so I have to stand behind my door and just have the camera sticking out to get this kind of shot. By the way...they are both feeding their little ones constantly.
9: When the mom and dad are not in the nest I sometimes get on a chair so I can see what is going on inside the nest. Well...when they realize I am there, they try to shoo me away and fly near the window. Here is one on their way...so wild. I zoomed in on the photo because I thought it was so cool. It is actually about 20-30 feet away. Once they do this, I promptly go about my business and leave them to theirs. | Here are the two babies...check out those beaks.
10: one...two...no...actually THREE little ones Tuesday, June 2, 2009 | I was so excited to get this shot. | Where's my food?
11: Can anyone say feed me? Look at this little guy...does he look in desperate need of food or what?
12: Four to feed...no wonder the mom and dad are so busy | another one emerges...there are actually four baby robins Wednesday, June 3, 2009
13: Crowded nest...it will be fun to see how the four of them manage in that little nest as they grow. You cannot even see the fourth one, but he's tucked in there some where.
14: peonies...and...what else...but birds Friday, June 5, 2009 | A big 'ol bunch of fragrant beauty on its way to a dear friend's Mother.
15: Is this a photo op or what? Look how they are all positioned just so. | They know food is oh so very close. | Okay...I just thought this photo was cool as it captured mom or dad as they were flying from the nest.
16: look how big they have grown... Tuesday, June 9, 2009 | Check out the coloring and pattern on their little chests...well on their way to the robin red. | ...in a little over a week...so amazing to witness first hand. | This guy is ready to go.
17: Don't they look like they are ready to bust out of the nest?
18: stepping out...of the nest that is Tuesday, June 9, 2009 | I guess it finally got too crowded for this little guy.
19: A parent on the bamboo on my front porch only feet away from the nest. I swear she is looking right at me chirping away like crazy. Again, when this happens, off the chair I go so they can get back to feeding the little ones. | No more bending over to feed.
20: all grown up Thursday, June 11, 2009 | Perspective of his venture out of the nest. Look at the one little guy looking at him from inside the nest.
21: To think he went from this... | ...to this in around two weeks...pretty wild.
22: flew the coop Saturday, June 13, 2009 | All good things must come to an end. The excitement is over and I am left with an empty nest and...what else but...bird droppings (I shall spare you a photo of that).
23: This has been such a fun experience witnessing nature so close up. I am going to miss checking in on them. A side note: I read on the internet that robin's feed their babies around 100 times a day. Who knew...and...it makes sense based on what I watched. No wonder the babies grow so darn fast.