Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Rockin' Robin and Mate Plus Two
On Sunday, exactly two weeks since I saw eggs in Rockin' Robin's nest, I realized her little Robinettes (my friend Sarie's cute and perfect name for them) had broken out of their eggshells. What a sight it was! Rockin' Robin had been very attentive to her nest ever since she laid the eggs, leaving only for extremely short periods. In awe of her vigilant mothering skills during the incubation period, I'm even more impressed as I observe her and her mate as they constantly feed, warm and protect their young. The process is truly constant and I'm drawn repeatedly to the window to wonder at it all.
When Rockin' Robin leaves her nest, I sneak out the patio door, plant myself as close as I dare to her nest, focus my camera on it and then freeze and wait for her to come back to her nest. As you can see, I captured several photos of the feeding process. I don't know exactly how many babies there are but I know for sure there are at least two.
The Robinettes' heads appear for only a few seconds above the rim of the nest as they're fed. As fragile and weak as they appear, they strain with all their might to stretch themselves up to accept the food from their parents. Their wide-open mouths atop their wobbly necks are an easy target for the endless meal deliveries.
After each feeding, Rockin' Robin snuggles herself down atop the tiny bodies, wiggling herself until she's low in the nest. I don't understand how the newborns can breathe and don't suffocate, nevertheless, you won't catch me criticizing Rockin' Robin again. I accused her of gallavanting several days ago and shortly thereafter, I was compelled to apologize for my false and ungrounded suspicions. Subsequently, I'm confident she's wisely keeping the helpless and naked little bodies warm and that they indeed manage to get the air they need when she shifts her position, leaves the nest, or attends to them from her perch on the nest's edge.
As the Robinettes grow, I hope to get an accurate count of their number. When I do, you'll be the first to know.
Click on the photos if you'd like a more intimate look.
"Light tomorrow with today."
(Elizabeth Barrett Browning)