Remember, on May 1st, I had posted this pic.
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:
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.
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!
Slowly, we will bring this place back to life!