Spreading Their Wings

It has been 7 days since I posted the photos of the baby robins, and now they’re ready to test their wings. I’ve noticed in the last days or so that they’re getting bigger and more active, and thought some of them might be ready to fly. I came home for lunch today, but instead of eating, I only had time to watch the mother and father robin feeding the baby robins, yes both were there feeding the babies and it startled me when both were there at the same time that I failed to capture the image. Needless to say, by the time I was ready to go back to work, those worms actually looked pretty good. The photos were taken from the inside of my house, if the mother and the father robin knew that I was watching, they would not come near the nest.

The one on the far right hand side looks like he is ready to take off, I had a feeling that by the time I come home in the evening he would be gone, and sure enough, there are only 2 left.

I guess this would be qualified as bird watching and it’s best to observe them when they are not aware of your presence, this photo below was taken outside, as you can see they’re on their guard, and I’m sure the mother and father robin are nearby.

I think in the next day or so, all will be gone.

Updated 5/2/2008: at 12:15 p.m., still 2 left, but ready to take off, and by the time I left for work around 1 p.m., only 1 left.

When I returned home, it was gone, empty nest.

Updated 5/4/2008: I spotted the mother and one of the baby robins today in my backyard. It appears that the mother robin was trying to teach her baby how to find worms, and she was actually feeding the baby robin with the worms that she found. I’ve never seen anything like this before, I guess I never paid close attention to their behaviors, I thought after they leave their nest, that is the end of having to care for their youngins but it’s not like that at all. As I was watching, the baby robin walk off whilst the mother was busy digging for worms, when she looked up with worms in her mouth, the baby robin was gone, she was hopping around looking for her baby.


  1. Does this mean they are gone for good? I don’t know much about birds. It’s so nice that you had the chance to witness this event.

    I’ve always heard (in Buddhism) that we have 32 spirits. And that the spirits of people who have passed away would come back to greet their loved ones in another form, usually as birds.

    I don’t know how you would interpret this, but maybe one of your mother’s 32 spirit is with the mama bird. And she wanted to be near and felt very safe in your presence 🙂

  2. They are not gone, I’ve noticed that they’re still around because my backyard is wooded so there are many birds back there, they sing beautifully early in the morning. I’ve heard of the 32 spirits that you’re talking about but I’m not sure about this case, it’d be nice if it were true.

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