BABY ROBIN UPDATE!






Remember, on May 1st, I had posted this pic.

Eggs! I finally got my ladder and climbed up to take this photo. I have never seen the Mom that is sitting on these. I just hear her fly off whenever I open the sliding door to my office. I sure hope these hatch!!

It is funny… you’d think that with my previous country residences, I would have noticed a robin’s nest before.  But, I hadn’t.  I guess my other residences had so many trees, the mama robin’s didn’t have to build a nest on top of a drainpipe.  Here, they do.  (Not enough trees.)

Anyway, this nest was outside my office.  The mama bird would fly off every time I went outside, so I had to sneak up on her to see her – which I did.

OK, fast forward a week… when I came back from my first trip to LA on May 10, I put my ladder up against the wall and peered into the nest.

What I saw shocked me.  There were 5, not moving, prehistoric looking mostly hairless tiny dinosaur looking things.  One lifted his tiny head slightly in my direction.

I thought they were all doomed.  Mama was nowhere in sight.  I figured she had died and left these poor, sickly creatures.  I was so sad – thinking they were dying little things without a mother… I didn’t have the heart to take a photo.

I grabbed this photo from Google.  They looked like this on May 10th:

They looked dead to me… I thought their Mama had died and left these miserable little dinosaur remnants. I didn’t take a photo because I was so sad.  I grabbed this pic off of the internet.

But then, after my last trip to LA on May 18th, I came home to these bad boys!  At first, I looked at the nest and saw their heads duck down.  So I knew someone was in there.  I grabbed my ladder and THERE THEY WERE.  The nest had 5 little birds crammed in there, all on top of each other and spilling over the edges of the nest.  And – the nest was filthy.  All I could think about was how hard that Mama had worked to get these 5 babies fed and ready to go.

And as I stood there, one of the babies flew off!

I had heard that babies couldn’t fly right away.  I read that they fall down and walk around the ground for a few days until they figure out how to fly.  Well, this guy FLEW.  I’m thinking he was a millennial bird who just wouldn’t leave the nest on time.  Not sure.

Here is a photo I took of  him right before he flew away!  I was so shocked that he flew away, I jumped off of my ladder and left, fearing I would prompt the others to leave too soon.

There were 5 of them stuffed into this nest! The big one in front flew away when I got too close! So I backed off to make sure I didn’t disrupt the others.

And today, the nest is empty…

AND THEN… I FOUND ANOTHER NEST!

So we all know that I’ve been very preoccupied lately, so I haven’t been trailering out.  Hence, a perfect spot for a nest!

Yup, I was walking over to groom Norma Jean and I heard a cacophony of little bird chirps.  Since I had recently learned this noise from the nest outside my office, I knew there were more baby birds nearby… I went on a little birdy hunt and found Mama, sitting on her nest, glaring at me.

I could see her and her nest very easily, but I didn’t want to disrupt her, so I backed off.

Yessir, I’ll be checking up on these babies, too!

Here is Mama, glaring at me.

And here is her nest placement. I know her babies are hatched because I heard them calling to her for food.

Slowly, we will bring this place back to life!


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SPRINKLER DAY!






It always cracks me up when I turn on the sprinklers for the horses…  just like us, some like it, others – not so much.

Today felt hot to me, so I dug out the sprinkler heads and decided that Summer starts now.

As usual, Finn and BG were first to jump in.  They are both water horses and love to play, suck, run, paw and destroy sprinklers.  Dodger, too.  He is always up for a good soak.

The newbies, Missy Miss Eden and Mo… they were interested, but kept about an inch distance between them and the actual water.  I don’t think either got wet but they might have been misted.

Wrigley wants to play in the sprinkler, he really does… maybe someday he will gain the courage.

Annie and Gwen… meh.

Norma…NEVER.

THE PHOBLOG OF SPRINKLER DAY.

Of course, Finn is the first to the water sprinkler.

He dances around it as the newbies, Mo and Missy Miss Eden don’t know what to make of it. Wrigley is near Finn.

Here we have the procession. Finn, Missy Miss and Wrigley.

Finn plays, Missy Miss E watches and Wrigley stands back. Mo acts uninterested.

Finn loves the water…

As Finn moves away, Mo comes in for a better view. That is Finn in the back with Wrig behind him.

Missy Miss decides to roll.

Here comes BG. She wasn’t aware of the sprinkler until now.. She marches in!

She loves the water, too!

Drinking it in as Wrigley watches…

I left them and brought the rotating sprinkler over to Dodger. He started pawing immediately.

Rolls!

He loves the spray directly on his back – actually he loves it all over. Norma, not so much… That is Annie on the right. She was having none of it – but she was interested.

Dodger drinking.

Aha!! After everyone had had their fill, Wrigley moved in! He let is spray all over his back! Atta boy! Very brave!

 


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