I’m watching ducklings grow to fledging, and reader Patrick May is doing that with another bird: the American Robin (Turdus migratorius). His notes are indented:
A few weeks ago my wife hung two pots of strawberry plants outside our front door. The very next morning a robin (turdus migratorius, according to the Audubon guide) was making a nest in one. We’ve been using the garage and back doors for the past month.
When first hatched, the chicks aren’t as appealing as your ducklings:
Momma Robin didn’t appreciate my attention to her babies (they’re showing their dinosaur ancestry here):
I think this was her in the back yard, bringing lunch to the nest:
The babies grew quickly:
And they were always hungry:
It wasn’t long before the mother couldn’t even cover all four at once:
The last of the fluffiness started to fade a few days ago:
I got this last shot yesterday and found the nest empty this morning. My wife saw the last fledgling fly away while I was in the shower.
The experience was well worth the sacrifice of a couple of strawberry plants!