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