Ok, so my quads aren’t exactly human newborns but still amazing and adorable (eventually) in their bird way.
Earlier this spring, about a week before Easter, I had planned on replanting a new batch of flowers in the hanging pot outside my back door. I admittedly let the darned thing hang outside all winter long where the dainty annuals from last year became nothing more than withered sticks.
My plans for fresh new annual colors soon changed as I noticed one evening while cooking dinner that the flower pot had new residents moving in, Momma and Pappa robin were making a new nest in MY flower pot. As I watched their hard work I through the upcoming days I eventually dubbed this sweet little family, the Robirdsons.
Every day for close to a week they flew back and forth, several times a day, carrying sticks and grass and the makings of a new home for their little ones that were soon to arrive. They placed their building materials carefully and packed them down.
Easter morning, I climbed up on the kitchen chair and peeking into their nest from my side of the glass saw this:
And then I re-focused my lens a little past my original target and saw an Easter character standing close by.
Could the Easter bunny have dropped these here? Surely not.
So as this was my first close up experience with this species, I wondered how long it would be until we had little baby Robirdsons in our nest. Curious I was, so I did what any modern human would do and I Googled it to find out that our babies were due 12 – 14 days after the last egg was laid.
Momma was a good momma bird and barely left her nest, especially during that second week and I, strangely enough, found myself growing excited and impatient in anticipation of their arrival.
Sure enough, 2 weeks later, on Mothers Day none the less, our hatchlings arrived, 4 in total and lets just say they were definately the kind of face only a mother could love.
Momma Robirdson sat on her nest to protect her new flock but would occasionally fly off to find food and bring it back to her babies.
Momma also didn’t really like the fact that I was standing on a kitchen chair on the other side of the glass so I would try to get my pictures quick, then leave them alone. Only over the next few days, my quick little picture jaunts have become more and more frequent because I am just so fascinated. I tried pulling my fake Ficus tree out of the corner to cover me and to try to make the Mrs. more comfortable but this is one smart momma who can still see me taking quick peeks into their little family world.
The last 3 pictures above were taken on May 11th and as I write this only a few days from then, I am amazed at how fast
my babies Mrs Robinsons babies have changed, you will be too.
More details to come soon!