One little head with giant eyes and a big beak
One little life popped it’s head out of the nest, mouth agape, looking for food. You can’t tell it from the picture but there are three little birds in the nest. It’s challenging to get pictures (see above: short) so most of the 7,453 pictures that I have are from inside the window with it closed. Now that the eggs have hatched, the female and male robins take turns feeding the babies about 35-40 times per day. When one parent leaves, the other shows up. The male has become an important figure in rearing the child, even will sit on the babies to keep them warm. Thanks Dad!
I’ve learned so much about birds because of this experience. The babies are only 2 days old but I’m already looking forward to seeing them grow feathers, which will happen in a few days. These babies grow quickly, in about two weeks they will leave the nest to go on and start families of their own. American Robins have a lifespan of 14 years, though most only live for 2 years.
Birds are an incredible species, the more I learn about them the more I want to know. Ravens are first bird species found to reconcile with each other after a fight. Crows can recognize human faces and remember them years later. Pigeons (or doves, as all pigeons are doves and all doves are pigeons) can recognize it’s reflection in a mirror (the only non-mammal that has this ability), recognize all 26 letters of the English language, and conceptualize. Scientific tests show that pigeons have been found to be able to tell the difference between photos, going so far as to differentiate between two completely different humans in the photos. All of which is nothing short of amazing.
Being vegan extends beyond our dinner plates. It extends to the birds that nest around our homes, the bunnies that burrow under our porches, and all of the other millions of animals right outside your back door.
I really want to document the baby birds in photos. I mean, come on, they’re cute. In between the parents feeding the baby robins I have approximately 2.2 seconds to get a picture. Getting the shot requires opening the blind, then the window, and balancing on a stool while you try to get three fuzzy things in focus (that don’t stand up, they just flop around)- all the while watching out for the parent robins. I try to be respectful and not scare them. When I get too close the robins let me know. They’re watching me as much as I’m watching them.