I was delighted this late spring to see robin eggs appear in the nest on the beam just below our deck. We saw the mama bird flying to and from her then current home on the nest where she sat on the eggs for days. We waited patiently for the baby robins to hatch. I would peek daily between the deck boards to get a glimpse of mama robin’s beautiful precious world. I felt so very lucky to have a front-row view as she ushered new life into this world.
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We live in Minnesota so these are Minnesota babies!
Four Sky Blue American Robin Eggs
Our first sighting of blue eggs in a nest below our deck this spring ended in failure as the eggs were there one day, but gone the next. I’m sure a predator got them. But another mama robin laid a second set of four eggs which appeared shortly after, and this is the clutch that ended in success. Here she is on the nest! Keep scrolling to watch these babies grow and see the video of them I just happened to get because I went to my backyard just as they had just left the nest. Talk about lucky timing on my part!
The Baby Robins Hatch!
I went out to check on the eggs one day and the nest was filled with pink-skinned babies! The baby robins had arrived! They were all in a pile breathing together like one mass, throbbing with new life, which made them so adorable. Without feathers and in a pile, they hardly even looked like birds except their tiny featherless wings gave them away. They were all soft and tender looking as if they were a mushy, throbbing pink hockey puck nestled in the round nest. Sadly I forgot to take a picture of them at this stage.
There were times I feared one of the baby robins went missing, but then the baby would reappear and there were four visible again, so a baby robin was clearly just at the bottom of the pile. All four baby birds would breathe and they all would move as one with each baby bird breath. I was mesmerized!
I loved watching them! It was truly a wonderful sight and even more amazing because the nest was literally just inches from our eyes.
Aww! Look at the two beaks together in the picture above. I just LOVE it!
Fluffy, fuzzy white feathers! See picture below.
The Baby Robins Grow Bigger and Add more Feathers
It was so exciting to see their little pink throbbing bodies all lying on top of each other as they filled in with their feathers across their bodies. I would peek through the deck boards every day and see more and more feathers appear.
When we would approach the nest on top of the deck, mama bird would fly away, so we tried not to disturb her too much. However, when she left, we got a full view of the baby robins, which was totally thrilling and amazing! They would open their beaks at us as they heard and sensed us above. So very sweet!
The Baby Robins Grew
They added more and more feathers and the nest became more and more crowded.
The Baby Robins Leave the Nest and Venture into the World…and I caught it on video!
These little baby robins grew quickly. I just happened to be in my backyard and I was super lucky to catch their first movements and attempts at flight. As they began to move around the world I opened up my phone and took some video. I was so thrilled that I had chosen that moment to go out into my backyard.
First I saw one bird near our deck stairs. He hopped, kinda flew up the deck stairs, one by one. Once he reached the top of the deck, he launched into the air and I saw him or her fly to a tree across the yard, and the baby bird made it to a branch high in the tree.
The other two were long gone, but I spotted another baby bird on the ground. I quickly rushed over and watched the baby robin hop about the yard. This is the one I got pictures and video of as the baby robin explored the world for the first time.
Baby robin who just left the nest and flew up to a fence board.
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I can’t believe I was so lucky to get these videos!
You can also view these videos on YouTube.
Family Fun Watching Baby Robins Grow
It was a fun family activity to keep tabs on these baby robins and their mom who kept busy flying food to her babies all day long, tirelessly for days and days. We see her sitting on the nest when she wasn’t off searching for food. We would look up and sometimes see her face and beak pointed at us, other times it was her tail. My sons enjoyed watching the baby robins, it was a fun learning experience.
The babies made it! Way to go mama bird!
I hope you enjoyed this baby bird story of the baby robins from our backyard. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
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