Monday, May 30, 2016

For the love of robins, Intro

At this time of year I expect to see young robins. The young have such strong personalities. Necessary in order to survive.
Muddy parent needs a bath. She's been shaping her nest using her chest.
Every year we have West End Avenue robin nests. Some are up too high for easy viewing. Some have been very low, totally visible, in danger of human intrusion by people who don't know how to behave near a nest and don't want to be guided. They feel it's their God-given right to intrude and distress the robin family.  On May 19th I spotted this nest, low, within touching distance, a bad location as far as  safety, but its one saving grace was the degree of cover. The nest was in a holly tree totally surrounded by leaves, the only "opening" on reverse side not accessible by humans. This was the first nest where I could only see small portions, hardly ever the three babies, never the babies in relation to the parents, never feeding, ... the peek-through-a-tiny-gap nest.  I was not going to trim leaves away, because this nest needed privacy. If I was getting some pictures and saw a human coming along the path I turned away and pointed camera elsewhere.  The lens was the equivalent of 672mm so there was no need to stand close.   This begins the documentation of the little well-hidden nest, three kids.  May 19th, eyes not yet open. I'll post in order that images were taken. I felt it was dangerous to announce that there was an active nest. The last thing this accessible nest needed was human interference. 

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