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Brand-new Baby Birds

There’s yet another robin’s nest above our front porch light this year. Yesterday, there were four blue eggs in it. When I got back from my run this morning, I noticed a piece of blue shell on the concrete.


I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a photo of hatchlings that I’m absolutely certain are less than a day old, or that includes the newbies side-by-side with unhatched eggs. (And it looks like #3 might be arriving soon, if I’m judging the chip on that egg correctly.) The picture’s a little blurry, but it’s difficult to shoot into the nest sight unseen, and I didn’t want to cause any more of a disturbance.

May 5, 2013 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , , , | Leave a comment

Four blue eggs

They’re back:

Robin eggs, June 2012

Three years ago, I documented the growth of three baby robins in a nest above our front porch light. There were actually two clutches that summer, and we had another family in 2010, but not in 2011.

This year’s nest popped up overnight and includes a bit of green Christmas ribbon.

April 14, 2012 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , , , | 1 Comment

Who Watches the Watchcat?


June 11, 2010 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , , | Leave a comment

Front porch robins, spring 2010 edition

I tried to discourage our yard robin from building another nest on our front porch light this year, not out of spite or anything, but because we have cats who occasionally go outside and because we kind of feel bad because Mom Bird & Dad Bird get cranky every time someone uses the front door. (One of them scared the bejeezus out of the UPS guy last week, and I’d be fibbing if I said I wasn’t slightly amused – but so was he, so it was OK.) For several consecutive days this spring, I went outside, found a bit of straw or a twig tucked up there, and took it down.

And then the sneaky featherbombers built a nest overnight while we weren’t looking. Eternal vigilance and all that, I guess.

Anyway, since the day-to-day growth of last year’s second clutch of robins was pretty well-documented, we’ve paid little attention to these, though we can hear them a few times a day when they’re hungry, and occasionally we’ve seen beaks peeking over the rim of the nest hoping for food.

Since it’s probably getting close to time for them to leave, I figured I’d snap one picture for posterity:

Robin hatchlings, spring 2010

I thought there were three eggs in there, but maybe I was mistaken.

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , , , | 1 Comment

New GeekDad post: Nature at its Closest

I compiled all our baby robin images into a Flickr gallery and did a write-up for GeekDad which posted today.The timing couldn’t have been better:  As I went out the front door for this morning’s run, I was dive-bombed by several birds being protective of the fledglings which had apparently just left the nest.

June 27, 2009 Posted by | geek, Ohio, photos, Weblogs, writing | , , , | Leave a comment

Feeeed Meeeeeeeee!

Today’s photo was apparently taken near dinnertime:

Click here for even more awwwww!

Click here for even more "awwwww!"

Hard to believe it’s only been a week since these little creatures were all tiny and pink and squirmy.

June 24, 2009 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Baby Robin Press: Your Source for Hatchling Updates.

Click to embiggen. Caution: The Cute! It Burns!

Click to embiggen. Caution: The Cute! It Burns!

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Baby robin update

Baby robins. 3 or four days old, we think. (click for close-up)

Baby robins. 3 or four days old, we think. (click for close-up)

Here’s what they looked like yesterday. (And just a few days before that.)

June 18, 2009 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Arrivals

Remember these?

Now they’re these:

(click for a bigger version)

(click for a bigger version)

I’m figuring two or three days old, at most. They’re not even making any noise yet, so I didn’t know they’d hatched. I just figured I’d check in with the camera this afternoon.

June 17, 2009 Posted by | Ohio, Science | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Birds of a feather

At the end of April, I came home one afternoon and saw the obvious beginnings of a bird’s nest on top of our front porch light, right outside the door. Now, I figured I’d be doing the builder a favor by discouraging this from the outset: We have cats who occasionally go outside, for one thing, and the front door is the one that gets the most in-and-out use, so this nest wouldn’t be in the most tranquil of locations.

So I pulled down the half-dozen strands of dried grass and the few twigs tucked up behind the light and went inside.

The next morning, there’s a finished nest up there. I think I want these birds to re-do our bathroom, because this thing was put together neat and sturdy and fully functional overnight.

And there’s a fat robin sitting in it who flaps and complains loudly as soon as the screen door opens.

It’s just high enough that I can’t see into it, so I grab the Flip camera Jenn gave me for Christmas and hold it up near the porch ceiling for a quick blind shoot downward into the nest. A minute later, we’re looking at three tiny blue eggs on the video screen.

We missed the actual hatching, but managed to catch the babies’ growth in a series of short video clips shot between May 10 and May 18:

(Not the greatest quality, I know, but I was shooting sight unseen.)

And judging by this excellently-shot and documented Baby Robin Journal, I think we started filming them at about 4 or 5 days old.

I wasn’t home the day the trio left the next in a kerfuffle, but they seem to have stuck around and set up residence in the tree just outside my window. There’s been a lot of birdnoise out there lately.

Then today, while I was mowing, I saw two youngish birds in the lawn – Jenn had told me last week that she’d seen a baby mourning dove taking a meal out there one afternoon.

I think this is a mourning dove. (Click for a closer look.)

I think this is a mourning dove. (Click for a closer look.)

And then there was this one, which looks kind of like one of the hatchlings from our porch nest:

And of course, about a week ago, we started noticing a bird hanging around the porch again.

The nest isn’t empty anymore:

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Ohio, photos | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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