Four Baby Robins

four robinsI thought there were only three babies in this tiny nest, but alas there are four. Several days ago I found one tossed on the ground shivering in a cool rain. I picked him up and placed him back in the nest, and all appears to be well. Great stuff.

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Nesting Robin

nesting robinWe have lived in this house for sixteen Springs, but only in the last two has a robin’s nest been built in the identical location, where a gutter downspout meets my home. Last year we had three baby birds, and perhaps the same parents have again nested. Joy!

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Three Tiny Birds

Unless someone tells me otherwise, I will conclude that the mystery egg that I placed in a Robin’s nest was tossed and replaced with a third Robin’s egg.

odd egg inAs you can see, one bird does appear darker than the other two, but my research suggests it is probably a male robin. Still, great fun and they will soon be off.

three baby birds© 2014 Michael Fiveson

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Three Baby Birds

Many of you might remember a post I did a few weeks ago about a bird egg I found and put in a new Robin’s nest. That post can be found here. Since that time, all three eggs have incubated and I now have this…hungryThese are three hard to distinguish babies that only seem to be awake when either of the parents are there to feed them. This photo is close to a week old and this is today’s…..three peepersWhile there are three babies, and there were three eggs, I do not know for certain that the egg I found and placed is one of these little guys. The bird that is facing us on the far right appears to have more hair than the other two. I don’t know for sure, and they are difficult to photograph, but as time goes on I will see if I indeed saved a bird. How exciting!

maybe from white egg© 2014 Michael Fiveson

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Odd Egg In

Recently, while walking Pumpkin I found a bird egg that was just resting on the grass, nowhere near a tree. I noticed a hairline crack, but it appeared viable, with no liquid leaking. I cupped it gently and upon arriving home I placed it in a nest that I found just a day earlier.

wary eyed robinThis is the same robin I posted yesterday, giving me just one wary eye. After she took off for a bit, I quickly climbed up a ladder and grabbed this picture.

odd egg inAha! Two gorgeous blue eggs and the white one I placed in the nest. If the odd egg hatches I will be thrilled to death. I may then be known as the man who saves birds. Do you think she will continue to lay eggs? How long do they incubate?

© 2014 Michael Fiveson

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