I have always loved birds. When I was an infant my mother would put me in front of our picture window to watch the bird feeders outside.
She said I would immediately stop fussing and watch for hours.
I had the experience of bird sitting for a friend. She had two Doves that happened to have three babies while I was watching them.
However, I just had my first experience with a pair of Robins in my backyard.
They built their nest next to my house in my climbing clematis of all things. My cats banished inside since I happened upon the nest!
It was amazing. I seemed to gain the trust of the parents and was allowed to sit and watch the nest of eggs when they went out for food.
I was even allowed to come over and "meet" the babies when they were just hatched. No touching of course!
Today, the babies took their first flight. They went over to the bird feeders and explored the water fountain.
They were hesitant, but mommy was right there and let me sit quietly to watch it all.
The cutest part was when one of the babies glided to the roof. Mommy bird made all sorts of chirping noises that I could just tell was "come down, that's too high!"
What happened next was what was great.
I swear the mommy bird looked right at me, and this may sound crazy but I felt like she was saying "watch over my other baby at the bird feeder while I go rescue the one off the roof."
I know what you're thinking, she was probably just making sure I wouldn't hurt her baby while she went up there.
But after the two came back down and she deposited them both by the bird feeder, she flew over to the table I was sitting at and perched a little ways away from me for a few seconds, then flew back to her babies.
This may seem like a simple, silly, story but after may years of loving birds this was my first real experience, and it was awe inspiring.
I've got a robin family living on the back of my house, in the corner of a gutter and the brick wall.
I first found the nest with 4 eggs in it, and they were beautiful.
The next day I went back to see if there were any more eggs, and found that two had hatched already! They were beautiful.
The next couple times I checked on the nest, mama was guarding it protectively, like a good mama.
When I found it with her away again, all 4 babies had hatched, and as ugly as they are cute.
A couple days later I did a walk around the yard to try to get mama more comfortable with my presence, and took some pictures of her in the nest.
Suddenly I noticed I wasn't just seeing mama, but one of the babies had his head propped up on the edge of the nest, and seemed to be cuddling mama.
I went out later that evening and mama was away from the nest, so I sat down along the wall, about 10 feet away from the nest, and waited for her to return, hoping that she could continue to get more comfortable with my presence.
To my surprise she came back to the nest with a worm!
I took pictures excitedly as she fed the fledglings the worm, and watched her take a fecal sac from one of the babies.
I think she ate it because she didn't fly away. At the time I didn't know it was a fecal sac, I thought she was regurgitating more food.
When I looked up more info on robins and nesting habits and learned about the fecal sac I was shocked; I saw that, and got a picture of it!
The next day mama fed with me watching again.
She seems to be getting used to my presence, and I'm being as unobtrusive as possible so that she continues to grace me with her presence and the gift of experiencing her babies grow.
I noticed that at least one of the babies has opened it's eyes (6 days old if it's the first 1-2 that hatched).
I've never had the opportunity to witness something like this first hand, so I'm so excited that she has accepted my intrusion.
One day I bought a fern plant, and then 2 days later my daughter says hey mom a Robin is building it's nest it it, so It was really nice for my daughter to see all the stages, and it's about 12 days old.
These robins decided that inside our covered porch above the door was a great place to nest.
Although I find it a little inconvenient just because I am more careful than ever around the porch its probably a perfect spot for the nest!
Blocks from wind and rain and gives the parents easy access.
I have enjoyed watching the parent birds hopping around the yards and sitting in the trees watching from a distance.
I also get to enjoy watching these birds nest, hatch, and be raised with my 3 kids.
We can just sit at our back door and watch nature do its work, its rather beautiful.
Anyway I attached a couple pictures I got of the babies, this is personally the closest I have ever been to them, I just had to see what inside the nest looked like because I'm always looking at them from the bottom!