Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Miracle of Birth


Remember this Mama robin I wrote about here and here? Well here she is watching her nest from a nearby tree as I snap a few more pictures. We hadn't seen any activity, so I got a little concerned and tip-toed up the the nest and aimed the camera lens inside to see if there were any eggs inside. No sign of eggs, but I found this instead. . . . . . .
My first thought was that the babies must have been still-born because they weren't making any noise nor were they moving. I had never seen newborn birdies sleeping - I thought they were always hungry and looking for food 24/7.  But two days later I was able to capture this pic while mama was out looking for some food. . . . . . .
It's not the sharpest photograph, (and neither is the one below), but I was so startled when I saw their little necks out-stretched waiting for Mama to return that it was the best I could do.
And I always wondered how does the Mama bird sit on the nest without suffacating her babies?
My question was answered below. . . . 

Here she is snuggling in with her babies!

13 comments:

Diane said...

How cute! Robins DO pick the most peculiar (and sometimes unsafe) spots to nest! We're watching a pair with 4 wee ones in one of our spruce trees, a mere 2' off the ground!
Diane

Heather said...

This is soo cool. I love that you are getting these cool pix and see nature up close and personal.

Bee Serendipitous said...

Awesome pictures...thanks for sharing them with us...

Anything Goes Here said...

Aren't they the cutest things! Hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend! xo Joan

Preppy Mama said...

This happened to us last spring! They made a nest in our wreath as well. It was so amazing to watch. I would climb up a ladder to take pictures each day.

Doreen said...

Amazing! I can hardly believe she'd build a nest there. You'd think she'd want to be hidden instead of in full view. How fun for you though!

Alison Gibbs said...

That is wonderful. Thanks for sharing these pics. with us.
Alison

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

something so ordinary that happens every single day....sure brought a smile to my face! It truly is a little miracle isn't it?
Thanks for sharing it!
Robin

Holly said...

How wonderful to have a "front seat" to watch those little ones! Thank you for letting us into their little world.

Maija said...

That is unbelievable!

vivian said...

Looks like my house.. I have a robins nest built into an old grapevine wreath on the back porch window! but I cant get at a good angle to take pictures, with out pulling out the ladder.. which is too much work! enjoy your babies!
hugs
vivian

Shelly said...

The last pic puts a whole new perspective on baby sitting. Love it! :)

Terri Gordon said...

Hi, I always had a wreath on my front door too, until we had a robin do the same thing. We could not go in the front door. It was fun watching them, but now I don't put a wreath up at spring. Great pics. Have a wonderful week. Terri

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