Friday, May 09, 2008

There is actually one additional thing to know about that.

According to the Wiki article on the American Robin (a close relative of our clay-colored robins),

A clutch consists of three to five [light blue] eggs, and is incubated by the female alone. The eggs hatch after 14 days and chicks leave the nest a further two weeks later.
Our chick would have been two weeks old today, so maybe it didn't fall out of the nest and become lunch for my dogs yesterday.

The end.

3 comments:

The Blogger Formerly Known as DCup May 09, 2008 2:22 PM  

I'm going to believe that. The baby flew. That is all.

poppy fields May 10, 2008 6:50 AM  

That is a happier ending.

Robin May 10, 2008 6:33 PM  

I figured it was close to fledging, based on its size from your last photo of the chick. When it's big enough to fill the nest is about the time it usually leaves. I didn't realize it was that quick for Robins.

I've seen fledged American Robins following their parents around begging for food for weeks afterwards, so you might listen for the sound of "Mom! I'm hungry! Mom! MOM!" in a slightly unusual language on the ground and in the nearby trees.

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