Robin Update

On June 1st our tree service arrived to remove three dead trees from our front yard, and five dead pine trees along the driveway. The willow tree didn’t have much time left and our Pink Flowering Dogwood just didn’t make it through the drought of last summer. Reluctantly, we decided to cut them down. Worried that our birds would have less perching possibilties, we felt the many trees in the woods surrounding our home on three sides would still give them plenty of landing and nesting sites.

Our American Robin family was nesting along side our driveway in a dense forsythia shrub. I was allowed to get fairly close in order to  document their growth. On the day of the tree removal I estimated them to be about 11 or 12 days old. Since we had no intention of disturbing the shrubs, I was hopeful they would remain in the nest.

Of course, I forgot that a chipper would accompany the sawing, causing some very loud noise. When I went to check on the nestlings, I found an empty nest. Not sure they were actually ready to fledge, my motherly instincts took over and I felt ill. One of the men came over to take a look and actually spotted one of the chicks on a nearby branch. I chose to believe they all made it out and continued their growing on the ground until their flight feathers grew, allowing them to fly a number of days later.

Having no proof or sightings, I feared the worse…until today, ten days later, when one of the adult Robins and two of the juveniles showed up on our lawn, not far from their nest. I managed to get a few photos and also saw them later in the day on the opposite side of the yard, under the newly pruned forsythia. When they saw me approach they all flew into the woods.

I am hoping the other two nestlings were out and about with the other parent. Until I actually see all four, I will just imagine they are well and happy doing what Robins do!

On a positive note, the tree service found three more nests, unoccupied, in the forsythia that was pruned, and were careful not to disturb them. There may have been a better time to address my dead tree problems, but scheduling is tight and I knew the downed trees held no nests. Some part of me still regrets causing the Robins to flee. The Black-capped Chickadees that nested in a camper birdhouse on our front porch had no problems with the events of the day. They continued to feed their chicks and I am happy to report the nestlings have fledged. Unfortunately, I missed their big moment. It was enjoyable to watch the Chickadee parents feed their chicks, non-stop, for many days. The quiet peeps turned into almost recognizable Chickadee songs. I love Spring.

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Almost Too Big For The Nest

Earlier photos showed only three Robin nestlings.  Although varying in size, there are definitely four little Robins in the nest. Also looks like it’s getting a little tight in there. Parents are still very busy feeding them. The Black-capped Chickadee family is also doing well. So far, I have only photos of the parents during non-stop feeding of the nestlings.  I can hear the chicks from inside the camper birdhouse. Hopefully they will be peeking out soon.

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Focused

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Robin’s Nest

Robin pair keeping a close watch on their nestlings as I get closer to them. They seem less disturbed by my presence. There seems to be three chicks in the nest. Hoping tree removal and pruning next week will take place after they have fledged. I won’t allow our yard activity to go anywhere near them if they are still in the nest. The trees to be removed are still fairly close. Maybe it will rain and we will have to postone.

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Big Birds

Usually seen at our backyard suet feeders, a male Pileated Woodpecker (all of them fondly referred to as “Woodrow”) has been nibbling on our dying and insect ridden Weeping Willow that is located in our front yard. It is fairly close to the street and Woodrow doesn’t seem to be bothered by traffic noise.  Our Maine Coon cat, Frederick, alerted me to the fact that Woodrow was near.  Earlier yesterday, while waiting for the elusive Hummingbird to appear,  I was treated to a sighting of a Turkey Vulture gliding above in the front yard. Glad he was prowling and not carrying some prey.  Also happy to get some photos of the big guys for a change.

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Oh no, more birds!

A Brown Thrasher made an appearance at the feeders yesterday. I am always happy to see new or infrequent visitors. The Black-capped Chickdees are still busy nesting in the camper on our front porch. They seem less bothered by our intrusion into their space. Unfortunately, we only have two entrances to the house and they have chosen to raise their family at one of them. The male Ruby-throated Hummingbird is apparently making quick, but frequent visits to his feeder. Maybe the unusually high temperatures of the past two days made him hungrier or thirstier? Both the Chickadee and Hummingbird use the Dogwood tree to perch. The tree has died and will be removed on June 1st. Hopefully its replacement will also provide the necessary branches. The birdbath in our backyard gives me a close-up view of a female Brown-headed Cowbird.

 

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Summer-like Spring

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