Readers’ wildlife photos

May 21, 2020 • 8:30 am

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!

14 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos.
    They do always look hungry!
    Great documentation of their beginnings.
    It’s great to this timeline of their growth and I’m glad they launched.

    1. This brought me a smile from deep inside for the morning. Thank you for your time and diligence in following their progress!

  2. I think you may see the young still being fed by mom now that they are out of the nest. Also, look for another brood starting soon. Robins seem to get in a couple of bunches each spring.

  3. These are wonderful photos. But why does the robin have a binomial that registers in my brain as “migrating turds”?

  4. We have two robin nests on our house this year, both underneath gutters. The babies are still in them, and if we get too close, we get yelled at and dive-bombed by an angry parent. It would be nice if they would nest somewhere where we could get pictures as nice as these.

  5. Thanks for the lovely set of photos, Patrick. Did your wife yell for you to hurry up out of the shower? I know I wouldn’t be able to contain myself, knowing how disappointing it would be to miss the fledging!

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