Every spring at least one pair of robins builds a nest under the deck. High up in the rafters they are safe from predators and cool when it’s hot.
I love watching the process from shiny blue eggs to peeping youngsters to fledglings.
But to be honest, the older the baby robins get the edgier I feel about scaring them as I go up and down the stairs. I’d feel terrible if I ever stepped on one by accident, and I breathe a huge sigh of relief when the day comes for them to fly away.
And yesterday was that day!
I was heading up the stairs with a bag of groceries and out they flew! One landed on the railing, the others scattered to a nearby maple tree with Mama bringing up the rear.
Hurray! Our baby birds were off and on their way at last!
I was thinking how lonely it was not hearing the babies under the deck when I noticed Mama Robin down on the fence below. Her mouth was stuffed full of grubs and worms as she cocked her head this way and that, chirping a mile a minute.
She was clearly upset. With me.
She was looking straight up at her nest.
I decided to take a look at the nest for myself. Peering down between the deck boards I spotted her right away. Hunkered deep in the nest, a pair of bright baby robin eyes were looking right back at me!
Turning back to Mama Robin I said, “So there’s one left after all, huh Mama? One not so eager to leave home just yet?”
It was kinda’ nice having the company again…
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