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Backyard Baby Robins

Updated on May 14, 2017

Backyard Baby Robins

Did you know that robins always lay four eggs? I wonder why that is? Sometimes it may be three, and rarely are there five. Usually if there are five, it's because robin has laid an egg in another robin's nest. And did you know that robins only have one ovary? And they only lay one egg per day.

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Eggs of Baby Robins

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A few weeks ago, I just happen to spot a robin in my backyard, and she had some twigs in her beak. I watched her head underneath some branches of a small tree in my back yard, just feet from my back door.

I walked over to the tree to find a nest had been made. Before I knew it (couple days later), there was an egg. Then sure enough, the next day, another egg. Then another on the third day, and a final egg on the fourth day. Four eggs in all.

Mommy Robin Bird

See!  She's watching me!
See! She's watching me!

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Facts About Baby Robins

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Something happened with one of the baby robins eggs. Either a squirrel got it, or, I don't know, because there are only three baby robins now.

While I had no problem being able to take some pictures of the eggs in the nest, after they hatched was another issue.

Facts of Baby Robins: Did you know....

* It takes twelve to fourteen days, from the time the last egg is laid, until robin eggs hatch.

* Newly hatched baby robins weigh five and a half grams (less than a quarter).

* They know to sit very still when mom and dad are away, and to open their mouths for food as soon as their parents return.

* When the baby robins are about 13 days old,

they jump from their nest, and begin learning to fly.

* It takes a good ten to fifteen days for baby robins to become strong fliers.

The tree stands only about nine feet high, or so. The baby robins nest is probably about five and a half feet off the ground. It's just high enough, that I'd have to have a chair or something, to be able to see down inside of it. And that is what I did to take my pictures of the eggs. But sometimes I'd just stick the camera up there and snap a few shots, hoping I'd get some good ones. The tree is about 6 feet away from my deck.

Baby Robins Waiting for Their Mother to Feed Them

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Once the baby robins hatched, things changed. Mom and dad didn't like me getting so close. I ended up getting dive bombed a few times with my picture attempts. I could walk to the edge of my deck, but if I stepped off into the grass, towards the tree, mom or dad would become anxious, and on a few occasions one of them swooped down past me, causing me to duck my head! They are always watching me! lol

Robbins are Ready to Leave the Nest

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These baby robins are nearly ready to leave the nest. I look at them (from a distance now), and wonder how all three of them can fit in that little nest. And to imagine, it was suppose to be FOUR baby robins!

I'm hoping to catch some shots as the baby robins leave the nest.

Mom & Dad

Mom and Dad Robins
Mom and Dad Robins

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Full Circle - Baby Robins Conclusion

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Well, it's a good thing I checked on the baby robins this morning. I nearly missed them, as they left the nest. I found the last baby robin still in the tree, near the nest (that's him above and below), but the nest was empty. No sign of the other two baby robins. Mom and dad weren't even around to dive at me. Apparently, once the baby robins exit the next, mom and dad figure their babies can take care of themselves!

Baby Robbin Left The Nest

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A Few Days After Leaving The Nest

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Here's Lookin' At Ya

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Bird on a Fence

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      christine616 5 years ago

      @alternative-help: Thank you, alternative-help. I enjoy taking them as well. =)

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      christine616 5 years ago

      @PastorCher: Thanks!

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      alternative-help 5 years ago

      Your pictures are amazing!

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      I really enjoyed this Christine. So lovely.

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      christine616 5 years ago

      Thank you, LindaW. It was fun capturing the pictures. =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You took some great pictures! I really enjoyed them as well as all your information about baby robins.

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      christine616 5 years ago

      Thanks for the comments, everyone. This was a fun lens to create! =)

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      xXOUTDOORSXx 5 years ago

      My grandma gets these in here backyard trees every year.

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      What an amazing adventure with the Robins. I love it! :) Great job on getting the photos.

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      christine616 5 years ago

      @Brandi Bush: Thank you, mamabush =)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      This is such a wonderful lens! I love the pictures that show the progression from egg to chick to grown and on their own...beautiful! I have a nest in my front bush right now but it's too high to look inside...mama was just bringing worms a couple of days ago, so the chicks are probably still there. Great job on this! :)

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      sunny saib 5 years ago

      wonderful pictures.. great work.. in the alley at our place, pigeons lay eggs every now and then, their yellow beaks are similar to your guys here.. thanks for sharing.. :)

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      nicole-young 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I have been watching a mother and baby robin in my backyard for a few weeks now. They like to meet up and feed every once in a while- I know when this happens by all the loud chirping- haha! Great lens : )

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful baby robins! We've a pineapple guava in the backyard that attracts a wide variety of birds, who provide endless entertainment, but no babies yet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love robins and those pictres and information were very fun to read i enjoyed it very much. You should try getting more into photography

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      cinta-cinta 5 years ago

      This information is very useful

      good job ......

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      christine616 5 years ago

      Thank you everyone for the comments and good advice! Yes, John, this is an American Robin. It was designated as Michigan's official state bird in 1931.

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Really good pictures - well done. You need to be sure not to disturb nesting birds - but you don't seem to have done any harm. I live in the UK - is that what you call a robin?

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      What a fun lens! Thanks for to see the progress of the baby robins too. You did an awesome job getting those pictures.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Your photos are very lovely! I loved reading about your adventure with the mama and daddy birds too. Even though it is pretty obvious that the photos were taken by you by reading the story, it's a good practice to mention that the photos were indeed taken by you.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      A good lens with an interesting subject matter.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      A great beginning for a backyard vacation. There is a more you could tell us about robins. Even a quiz could add interest and details. You could build on this and make it into a great lens.

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      Yvonne L. B. 5 years ago from Covington, LA

      Welcome to Squidoo. You have a good start on this photo journal. What do the parents look like? How old were the babies in the pictures? At what age do robins usually fledge? Did you know there is a Big picture text module and also a Polaroid one? I'll be back to see them when they leave the nest.