Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Empty Nest already?

After allowing a Robin family to build their nest atop one of our pillars. We didn't have the heart to take it down. Within a few days we had eggs. Four to be exact. We kept the front window closed and did not use the front porch for almost a mont. All to allow the birds to grow and the parents to stay and feed them.

Once the babies were big enough and the parents realized that we were not going to harm them, we could sit out and they would not fly away.

Then the feathers started growing and the chirping got a little louder. We knew it wouldn't be long before they took flight.

Then it happened. First one flew away. Then the next morning the last three took flight. One by one they stood up on the edge of the nest and took the plunge. The last two guys, I just had to take a picture of. I hadn't wanted to earlier for fear of scaring the parents. The last guy stood there for quite a while, then jumped. Down onto the porch, with Dad close by. He stayed on the porch for a while, then all of a sudden he was gone.

The nest was empty. They didn't come back, not even once. J & J2, whom we would lift to see the birds, couldn't understand where they went. Now when we take walks J points out each Robin asking if it his baby bird. Although we are somewhat happy they have grown up and moved away, we are a little sad that our family didn't come back for a visit.


Blogger Silver Creek Mom said...

We have some too. We always get a few right in the conner of our front porch. 3 hatched out on Friday and they are pooping like crazy. I hate to scare them away and Poop washes off.

CUTE story Anna.

8:18 AM  
Blogger nancy said...

What a great experience for your little ones. And you too of course!

10:14 AM  
Blogger twinmomplusone said...

Funny how I posted something about bird's nests today too. Your story is much cuter and definitely a great experience for your little ones.

Here's hoping the only empty nests we'll see for a long time are the birds and not our homes;)

12:31 PM  
Blogger Happy0303 said...

We had a bird nest near our front door once. We put up a sign so that people would be quiet around them. Only 1 of the 3 babies survived. I found one that died in my shoe. So sad! They're all gone now. They don't visit, they don't write . . . oh well.

2:08 PM  
Blogger chichimama said...

How cool and sad all at once. What a great experience for the kids to go through. Put a bird house up in the yard, we have two at our new house and have residents! Tres cool.

6:21 AM  

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