Three weeks ago, I discovered a birdís nest when I was trimming the cedar tree in front of my house. Then I found a little turquoise blue colour egg. I found an additional egg everyday there after. Four little eggs were accumulated. The nest is small. I thought it belonged to a small bird such as a finch. On observing the birds hiding from me. I found it was a robin. Since then, the mother robin was sitting there all the time to hatch her eggs. The bird was scared and flew away every time we pass by the front door. Eventually, she didnít care anymore. The nest is hardly accommodating a single bird; I wonder where the male bird was. The morning before the eggs were hatched, many birds were gathering at my front door. In the afternoon, I found two baby robins were emerged. When I took video on the babies, two birds were chirping at me anxiously. I realized the male is living in another tree near by, securing the female. One hour later, another baby bird emerged. Next day, all four eggs were successfully hatched.
< Two bird just emerged, while their brother and sisters are still eggs. Click pictures to watch movie.
The baby birds do not have eyes yet. Membranes covered up with dark contents, which are relatively large, compared to the head are the eyes. They have very large mouth. The babies hardly have enough energy to lift up their heads and still want to open the mouth wide to get food. The mother bird brought home a worm on the first hour of their birth. The feathers of the babies are hairy. The wings are tiny. The overall appearance is barely like a bird. The mother bird continues sitting on the babies even they are no longer eggs. Iím surprised that they do not suffocate. The nest is so small. This is the only position the mother can stay.
All four eggs successfully hatched. Click picture to watch movie. >
Father bird is anxiously watching and chirping at me. Click picture to watch movie. >
One week later, all birds disappear. I
figure there could be two reasons. It is either the parents does not feel secure
on the present address, so she moved; or there is not enough room to accommodate
the grown up babies, so they moved to the father's nest. I believe the hatching
nest is purposely made small for hatching use only. She abandon the nest when
the purpose is already reached. Please correct me if there are experts more
knowledgeable on this area. Three weeks later, we saw baby robins flying around.