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July 2, 2016 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Robin Fledglings

One of the birding activities I’m involved in is Project Nestwatch, a citizen science program. It is a nationwide monitoring project designed to track status and trends of nesting birds. I try to find nests that are easy to observe and not disturb the birds. Usually that is in my own backyard.

Robins are fairly reliable residents. I have a pair in my yard every year, sometimes two, with one in the front yard and one in back. Problem is, they are very good at hiding their nests. I knew there was a robin’s nest in my maple tree because building material was being carried in, then food was being delivered, but I never found the nest. Until one morning when I went out to fill the feeders and saw this little guy perched on my barrel of lettuce . . .

Fledgling Robin

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From the length of his tail, the tuft of feathers on his head, and the fact that he was in awe of his surroundings and not moving, I knew this bird had just left the elusive nest.

I could hear one of the parents calling. A few feet away I saw one of them, probably dad, with a beak full of insects. There is even a little green worm on head.

Parent Robin with Food

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Both parents will feed the youngsters for a while until they learn to find food for themselves, but the primary caregiver is the male. The female is busy looking for a secure place to build her second nest of the season. Robins don’t reuse their nests so the process starts over from the beginning.

I filled the feeders and left so the parents could get on with their job of teaching this little one how to survive.

 


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  1. Arti / Jul 2 2016 1:11 pm

    Lovely. Always nice to see how the young grow. Glad we have some common birds.

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  2. Diane / Jul 2 2016 1:50 pm

    I loved the pictures and education about robins.

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  3. Louise / Jul 2 2016 6:31 pm

    It’s great to know that birds and nesting and breeding in our yards isn’t it? I often have superb fairy wrens nesting in mine and it fills me with joy. The blackbirds not so much…. I love your photo of daddy with food and the worm on his head.

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  4. BermudaOnion / Jul 2 2016 8:13 pm

    Oh, what lovely pictures – especially the one of the dad!

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  5. Suko / Jul 3 2016 12:57 am

    Beautiful photos, Leslie! Project Nestwatch sounds like a wonderful program.

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  6. Vicki / Jul 3 2016 1:44 pm

    I love that you captured the baby bird looking around, full of wonder at his new surroundings. Kinda got me a little emotional. The photo of the dad is adorable. I love that he has a little worm on his head!

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  7. bettyl - NZ / Jul 4 2016 3:18 am

    What great captures! It’s great that dad was nearby.

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  8. Beth F / Jul 4 2016 6:57 am

    Great shots! I’ve been watching parents feed young ones from our feeders. It’s fun.

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