Not Quite The Bee’s Knees

A writer explores the world around them, physically, mentally and emotionally. We write down what we discover and, hopefully, share it with others.

A few weeks back I shared some robin eggs I’d discovered on this blog. When I went back for another photo about a week later I happened to arrive just as the babies were hatching.

Cute, right? Well, maybe not so much. Or maybe it’s just a matter of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. Momma robin likely thinks her babies are the bee’s knees.

This is probably the youngest robin most of you have ever seen. I know it is for me.

This next photo was taken a week later. There appears to be only two babies in the nest. To tell the truth Momma robin was highly agitated by my presence. I snapped a quick picture and vowed not to return. I would be very upset if she abandoned her babies.

I can only imagine that the babies are now out on their own, exploring the world, flying off in search of adventure.

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  1. What special photos, Laura. They’re beautiful. Yes, let’s hope they’re doing well and not like the poor baby robin that the crow took the other day at my place. I still can’t forget the crow flying away with the baby in its beak, the parents following along squawking and pecking. Nature can certainly be cruel.

    Sorry to bring it up. It’s just that the memory is still so recent and I was so sad when it happened.

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    • I’m afraid many of the eggs and babies fall prey to crows. I know it’s all part of nature but it is very sad. Sorry about your baby robin. That would be a frightful sight.

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  2. Jeanette Reeves

     /  July 11, 2011

    Laura
    these photos are awesome!!

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    • Thanks Jeanette, and thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. You can tell Matthew this wasn’t his robins. :)

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  3. Amazing photos. At my place, with four cats, it would be rare to see that. I’ve never seen a robin’s egg in real life. Lucky you.

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    • I was actually shocked when I looked in the first time, expecting only to see eggs. I’ve been finding these nests in tree lots and one was near the community beach property.I’m not sure our kitty would be smart enough or energetic enough to sniff out a robin’s nest. Poor lazy kitty. :)

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  4. What a precious sight, Laura! I’ve never seen such little ones, just a few youngsters trundling along near their momma, learning how to listen for worms and other such yummies in the grass.

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    • I think it is a rare sight, Carol, although I have to admit I never went out of my way to look for baby robins before. I can’t believe how quickly they grow.

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  5. Torry

     /  July 12, 2011

    Great pictures and story!!

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  6. Charmaine

     /  July 12, 2011

    Wonderful! We were incredibly fortunate a few years ago to have a nest right outside the front window in a cedar. I captured photos from eggs to leaving the nest, over the course of a week and a half. They are incredibly homely, yet remarkably beautiful to observe in their baby stage….the mother was agitated, yet tolerant as I made my brief visits every two days. :)

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    • I can’t image anything looking quite so fragile as a baby bird, and I feel bad thinking that they’re homely but well…the pictures speak for themselves.. What a special treat to be able to capture so many photos and watch them grow. You’re so fortunate. :) Thanks for visiting Charmaine and for your comment.

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  7. Wow, you should send these to National Geographic. Some photographers wait for years to capture something like this. And cute isn’t exactly the right word. LOL. Kinda ugly, actaully. But hey, my babies looked pretty bad their first week too. Haha. Now, here’s hoping they don’t follow your blog and read what their mother just said about them.

    Great pictures, Laura.

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    • I think being persistent as well as having a husband who can sniff these things out is what contributed to me getting some photos. Whenever he hears a robin that sounds agitated he figures a nest is handy and will usually go searching them out.

      I’m pretty sure you’re in trouble now since I like to think that EVERYONE follows my blog..;) Actually I think your safe, Joylene. lol

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  8. They grow so fast, don’t they? There was a very young one exploring the garden center during our last visit. The nest was built in one of the buildings, and the young seemed comfortable with the human presence. I imagine the parents were waiting to dive bomb anyone coming near, though, at least that’s how they are in our backyard! Fiesty!

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    • I’m amazed at just how quickly they do grow. These birds can become quite aggressive when they feel their babies are threatened, and as Cathy mentioned they’re not afraid to go after other birds in the process.

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  9. I love it…a mother can have the ugliest kid around, and she will still love him! Neat photos, Laura!

    Wendy

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    • Thanks, Wendy. Funny how all parents think their babies are the bee’s knees. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

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