How Do Robins Grow From Egg to Flight?: Part 1

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HOW DO ROBINS GROW FROM EGG TO FLIGHT?

Part 1 of 4: Introduction

Our home became hostess to surprise long-term guests as April rolled into May. We had just returned from a quickly planned, unexpected journey to Florida and back, and now were about to take another unplanned journey—this time, following the growth of robins from eggs to adulthood.

I noticed the first robin in the evening April 30. I wondered that it didn’t fly away as I walked about checking the yard. However, I was too tired to do anything but wonder.

May 3

May 3

Early May 1st I noticed the nest tucked behind a light on our patio, which Mom Robin must have constructed while we were on our own journey. I didn’t explore it until May 2, when I pulled up a bench, stepped up, and looked into the nest. Inside were four gorgeous blue eggs.

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150502 IMG_2651EJDuring the next week I watched what I presumed was Mom Robin fly in and out of the nest as she incubated the eggs.

Mom Robin incubating her eggs

Mom Robin incubating her eggs

On May 15 I heard a faint, almost imperceptible tweet. I stepped on the bench and looked inside the nest to see four baby birds—robin chicks. I’m not certain when they hatched, but they were pretty new., although I realize I missed their first day by an unknown time. In the following photo they don’t have their eyes open.

May 15

May 15

After researching robins on the I-net I calculated that the latest the chicks would leave the nest was May 30.

This is the first of four posts—an introduction followed by three a 10-question quizzes that include a bonus question (a toal of 30 questions and 3 bonus questions)—on robins, illustrated with photographs I shot daily to record the chick’s progress and the care they received from Mom Robin and Dad Robin.

Mom Robin flying away from her nest

Mom Robin flying away from her nest

Continue reading at How Do Robins Grow From Egg to Flight?: Part 2Quiz questions 1-10 (of 30) with first bonus question, accompanied by photos of the robins development into adult birds.

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About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com. My novel site is www.intertwinedlove.wordpress.com.
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