Last week I found a robin’s nest in the garden behind my home in Brooklyn.
The nest was placed under a lamp, where it was sheltered from rain, heated from the light at night, and supported on a sturdy pole. Clever!
I tiptoed out after dark and found a vigilant parent motionless on the edge of thenest, watching me. I bet she heard me coming.
This parent is removing a fecal sac that a chick produced, a little membrane-bound package of waste material that is easily carried away and discarded.
Robin chicks grow fast. Not wanting to disturb them overly much, I returned a week after I took the photos above, and I found this giant baby.
Action shot! A parent brought food and the baby jumped up enthusiastically, looking sparsely feathered. Parent and chick in a classic pose. A few days after this photo was taken, I went to look at the nest and found it empty. Good luck, Baby Robin!