Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ready to Fly

Sunday, 28 June, 2009

These are last year's baby robins just before they left the nest on our front porch. We saw them fly, one by one. Four of them were crammed in this nest and then one day the parents sat in a nearby tree calling to them and off they went. We watched, astounded at this 'normal' miracle.

Robins (the same?) built a nest in the same place this spring, laid eggs, and the mother sat on them. One morning, though, we found the nest on the porch floor, the eggs crushed. We can't figure out what could have knocked them down, as this lamp is about six feet high, with no place for an animal to climb nearby. Bats, maybe?


  1. You were certainly treated to a close-up of nature's dramas and traumas. We've had birds return to build a nest in our dryer vent every year for the last five years. We block the vent for a week or so and they go away only to return the next year. This post brings to mind a children's picture book called, "Albert".

  2. Thanks for reminding me of that book.

  3. That one in the forefront is such a leader, so confident. I wonder what sort of bird it grew up to be.