Saturday, June 23, 2012

Miss Robin

We were getting ready to make a trip to the hardware store and my husband said "do you want to see a robin sitting on her nest?" Of course, and I picked up my camera and headed out the door.



There she was, sitting on her nest in my River Birch Tree. I didn't want to scare her off her rest so I just zoomed in and grabbed a quick shot. Doesn't she look motherly sitting there.

After we returned from the hardware store (we are cleaning our deck and staining it), I became curious and wanted to know how long it takes the robin eggs to hatch. So I googled it and found out it takes two weeks.

Here's what else I found out:

The female robin lays one small blue egg each day to a total of three to five eggs. She feeds on earthworms in the morning in order to ensure that her body has the energy to handle the physical demands of laying an egg. Until all eggs are laid, she may limit the time she spends sitting on the nest. This is to keep the older eggs cool so that the entire clutch develops at roughly the same time. Until the eggs start to hatch in approximately two weeks, the mother rarely leaves the nest for more than five or 10 minutes at a time.
http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5419182_long-robin-eggs-hatch.html 



Sorry, this is not my image but it shows a single robin egg.
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/images/graphics/n-r/robin_Brophy019.jpg

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/images/graphics/n-r/robin_Brophy026.jpg


Interesting facts, I'll try to get a picture of the babies in a couple of weeks - Judy.



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13 comments:

Fiona said...

Hi Judy,

That certainly is a beautiful photo.

She looks so comfortable sitting there.

Have a good weekend.

Fiona

Gina said...

What a great photo! She certainly has made herself a pretty nest. Can't wait to see the babies.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Judy: What a sweet picture. What luck that you found the nest and will be able to watch the babies. Keep us in the loop..Happy Saturday..Judy

Jo's This and That 3 said...

Great shot!hope you have a great week

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

You've captured some great images! It will be exciting to see the babies!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the mama sitting on her nest. Hope you get some photos of the babies when they hatch! Thanks for the great info.

LV said...

You did a great job capturing this mother and her nest. I had a baby one in the yard this weekend. He was just learning to fly. I tried to touch it and the big mother Robin was ready to attack.

Ewa Kelly-Miksa said...

what a great capture!

SmilingSally said...

Robin's egg blue is PERFECT for Blue Monday!

Thanks, Judy.

joanne said...

There is no color better than robin's egg blue......Great photos

Diann said...

Wonderful photos! It is so fun to discover a nest and watch the little birds come into the world! Happy Blue MOnday!

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous, thanks for sharing. Visiting from Blue Monday.

Here's my BLUE, your comment will make me happy.

Karin M. said...

Such wonderful photos, sweet little bird...
Love greetings, Karin