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Young Robin in backyard

by Lisa Mellors
(Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

One morning I saw what I thought was a clump of leaves in my backyard but it turned out to be a baby robin.

At first I thought it might be hurt so quickly went inside to the internet to see what I should do.

This is when I learned that young birds will sometimes fledge before they are fully capable of flying and that the parents are usually aware of where it is and still caring for it.

The young bird had moved to a different spot when I returned outside and as I quietly continued with my flower planting some distance away I saw him hop about to new places while he flapped his wings and chirped.

I then noticed an adult robin on the wire above my yard with worms in its mouth. Another adult was in the tree and seemed to be talking to the little one.

Obviously these were the parents, and sure enough, they were still taking care of the little guy.

After a few minutes one of the adults flew down into the yard a few feet away from the baby, and it hopped towards it.

The adult flew off suddenly and the baby hopped and flapped its wings as it tried to follow. The adult almost seemed to be leading it.

The baby robin kept going until it was behind my garage and then hid in some tree branch debris. I felt confident that it was not in any danger and went about my yard chores.

When I peeked again at duck, the little one was on top of a pile of dried leaves, with its eyes closed (that quickly opened when it heard me!)

The next day I looked for him but he was gone. I didn't think any more about it until I went back to cutting up more of the tree branches I'd recently taken down.

When I moved a certain branch out came the baby robin, flapping and hopping towards the back of the garage.

I was happy to see he was still okay and after a few minutes went to see where he'd ended up. He was back on top of the pile of dried leaves and an adult robin was on the roof just above me chirping assertively at me.

I came back after a few minutes to take a photo of the little baby robin I've now named "Peep". I am sure he won't use it, but I left him a bowl of water too :)

I hope you enjoy the photos I have been able to take so far.

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May 26, 2015
Just in Time!
by: Louise

This story was just what I was looking for.

Sometime in late April, I discovered that robins were building a sturdy nest right outside my back porch window, only inches from the glass.

The nest was inside the leaves and twigs of a climbing white hydrangea which has been growing for almost twenty years and just got a sturdy new trellis hand made of cedar early this year.

Just before Mother's Day, peeping through the window disclosed that there were four tiny eggs deep inside the nest. And on Mother's day, there were four upturned opened beaks attached to little balls of fluff.

Since then the parent birds have been tireless in bringing worms to the nest, slipping quietly into the foliage.

The birds have been growing visibly larger every single day, and today, almost two weeks later, the fledgelings, who are so big now they hardly fit without sitting on one another, started edging out of the nest into the leaves nearby.

I was glad to hear that they kind of fall out of the nest onto the ground. I will be looking for this next act and hoping they land okay in my garden and learn to fly soon after.

Jul 03, 2013
Fortunate Baby Robin
by: Bills your Uncle

Neat! Nice pics, plus good observations and decisions Lisa.....I'll be checking back

Jul 03, 2013
Young Robin in backyard
by: Mom & Frank

Very interesting Website!
We learned something new about young birds and will follow the website to keep updated on the progress of “Peep”
Great pictures

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