Tuesday, January 31, 2006
I watched a pair of Robins build a nest in our back yard...in the plum tree, last spring. I wished I would have taken pictures of the birds building the nest...but I didn't. Once the Robin laid her three blue eggs, I began to watch the nest a little more closely...but at a distance. I didn't want to disturb or upset the sitting mother...so I wasn't able to get a picture of her sitting on her eggs. I don't have a telescopic lens on my digital camera, or I would have...it's just a simple point and shoot camera.
I took several pictures starting on the day when the third egg appeared in the nest...on April 20th. I used the pictures as Desk-Top pictures on my computer so that my family could keep up with the daily development of the baby birds without going out and disturbing them. I only took pictures when I saw the mother Robin leave her nest, and she never really seemed to consider me much of a threat...she never even watched me very closely...she just went about her business.
The last picture of the young Robins was taken on May 12th and the next day, they were gone. It was kind of sad to see them go so soon after they hatched. They grew up so fast and I was hoping they'd stay around close where I could watch them get fed on the ground...as I have in the past. But I guess the parent birds led them to a safer location because of the cats.
I can never get my pictures lined up on my posts, like I want them...just haven't learned how to do that yet. I wanted them in their proper sequence, but since they aren't I'll just give you the dates, and a brief description and let you find the picture.
April 20, the blue eggs
May 1, bald fuzzy babies
May 9, feathering
May 12, feathered and ready to leave