A Bird in the hand

I was sat having a coffee, looking at the list of jobs that needed doing, I am good at that. Pondering, planning, saving energy. And there they were Mr & Mrs Robin, hopping about.  I have quite a few pairs of robins in the garden, so no surprise to see them.

I then realised that they were flying into a nearby small evergreen bush, near the back door.  So I had to investigate…

I was very careful, I didn’t want to disturb them. So I had a quick peak and this what I found.  4 beautiful blue eggs, small and shiny.

I backed away, but went and bought some mealworms for my bird table which is in the garden near the nest so as to give mum and dad a bit extra feed without too much effort.

Robins lay 1 egg a day until they have a layed around 4/5 eggs. The femail then sits on the eggs, which hatch 13 days later.

So I left them alone, for a couple of weeks…. I knew the eggs had hatched as both the male and femail robins were going backwards and forwards like a tennis ball with flies, bugs etc for the chicks. I was careful so as not to disturb them, the birds can be very nervous and abandon a nest and the chicks if they feel threatened, but, they were used to me in the garden and they had made their nest right by my back door.. So I had another peak…

Robin chicks are born without feathers, these had already started to get downy feathers so were a few days old. You can see the dark of their eyes, which are not yet open.

In less that 2 weeks from these pictures they will be flying around and helping me in the garden collecting and eating the bugs and worms they find.




This entry was published on April 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm. It’s filed under The Garden and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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