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23 August, 2009

Mosaic Monday/Outdoor Wednesday...or...Bye Bye Birdies!

birdiesI promised to revisit the baby robins who took up residence in my cherry tree and I had to hurry because this was a very short process! It seems that from hatching to flying away is only about 14 to 16 days! I counted 11, but I am sure that those first few days I was unable to see them. Can you believe how quickly they grew up?


page On the left is the very first peek that I got of them…sort of scrawny and…well…less than cute, huh? The picture on the right was taken the day they flew away. There were only two of the original three left that day because, based on the amount of Mama Bird’s noise the previous day, one had already flown the coop! One little guy hung around in the tree all day, hopping from his nest to the nest of the previous brood. I tried to not bother him too much, since I didn’t want him to go before he was ready.


IMG_7786The next day, they were all gone, so I took a look at the nest. As I mentioned in my previous post, this is the nest that was falling out of the tree after a big storm, so my grandson and I reconstructed it as best we could and put it back into the tree. They added a lining of mud to hold it together before they laid the eggs.


IMG_7787 And this is the nest from the previous brood that was in the same tree. Hmmmm…they certainly are neater than we were! It is also lined with mud, but seems to have a little more of a grass lining than the one we helped build. They must not have minded our amateur skills too much though, since they used ours anyway!


IMG_7693 It was a lot of fun and my grandson and I really enjoyed watching them grow! Now when I see a robin helping himself to a big, fat worm in my yard, I will wonder if it is one of my babies!

Thanks for coming by! Please head on over to Mary’s wonderful blog Little Red House for Mosaic Monday to see one of her beautiful mosaics and to find out who else is playing along this week.

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Then stop by A Southern Daydreamer to pay a visit to our own Georgia girl, Susan for Outdoor Wednesday. You’ll be treated to her beautiful gardens and find a list of more fabulous blogs with lots of amazing places to visit and things to see. See you next time! A la prochaine!

52 comments:

  1. Oh Debbie, what a wonderful thing to be able to watch. I know your grandson loved watching this. I know my Bailey would. I didn't know the process was so short. This was such a fun and interesting post..Hope you've had a wonderful Sunday..hugs ~lynne~

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  2. Debbie, adorable! Tellement mignon tous! Tu es devenue photographe extraordinaire! Bien fait! Encore, encore! Linda

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  3. How precious! This was truly a blessing to get to behold this in person!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  4. wonderful post!!! I spent a lot of time watching the baby robins in my garden...it seems like time just flew!!!
    you got some fabulous shots!!! good job on that nest...are you going to take it down and keep it????

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  5. Wonderful post, Debbie!

    I love the mosaic, too!

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  6. What a wonderful experience for your grandson. They are so cute!

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  7. How awesome is Mother Nature! Debbie, I was so hoping you would update us on the progress of the little robins. Reminds me of the times we collected catepillars to watch their progression to butterflies.

    Take care, Bonnie

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  8. What a sweet post. They certainly are prettier as yound adults than as chicks! What happens to the nests now? Do the parents "live" there or just abandon them for the open road..er..sky? You can tell I don't know much about birds!
    Dawn

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  9. Hi Debbie! Wow, what a great theme for Mosaic Monday. Thanks for inviting us to join with you as you watched that little nest and its tiny tweets grow and fly away. It seems spring and summer just few by before my very eyes!

    Hope you're well and enjoying the summer.

    ~Arleen

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  10. Such a sweet mosaic...I so enjoyed seeing the birds growing!

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  11. P.S. Your blog is beaufiful and I just love the kitty cat staff in the sidebar! They are too cute! LOL!

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  12. Oh, how sweet! You're so lucky to witness these little miracles!

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  13. Oh Debbie, what awesome pictures. What a thrill also that your grandson got to witness all of this along with you. It really is amazing that they grow up so fast. I'm amazed that you were able to get so many great pictures. I still say you are really becoming a pro with that camera. Such a great post. Loved it. Hugs, Marty

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  14. Debbie,
    I am so glad that you were able to capture all these photos! How exciting! I really enjoyed this post! Loved seeing those babies grow.

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  15. I had so much fun watching our little baby robins hatch and grow up this summer too! It's such a fast and amazing process. Great pictures!

    ~Susan

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  16. I enjoyed this post so very much...thanks for capturing all of these shots and sharing them!!!

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  17. Hey Conrad..your birdies went bye bye.. great mosaic..
    And when school starts here in 2 weeks I will be free as a bird! :) Isn't it grand?

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  18. Love the mosaic Debbie. You got some really great shots! I had no idea that their "childhood" was so short. What a fun experience! Hugs, Kat

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  19. A wonderful post and photo's. But my eyes kept straying to the right on your blog. Is that a Bichon I see? If so you will enjoy my mosaic this week. And I love the staff. I have one of those too. LOL Sharon

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  20. I loved your baby robin pictures. We've had a ton of birds but they well hidden in the trees & I've yet to find a nest. ☺♥☺ Diane

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  21. Hi Debbie, what a sweet post and great pictures. Im glad you grandson had fun too!

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  22. What a great experience for your grandson. He will always remember that as a special time with you. Your photos are just wonderful. Lovely mosaic.

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  23. Such lovely pictures and how wonderful your grandson could be there to watch the little ones grow.
    Have a nice day.
    Riet

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  24. Nature is beautiful up close and personal. Your photos are so neat. I love these. Glad your GS could see this nature in progress.

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  25. I love those little beaks opening wide for momma to bring food. so sweet.

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  26. What a wonderful mosaic. I am always in awe of how amazing they build nests. How cute Bye Bye Birdie.
    Karen

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  27. Awww, that's so sweet! We had baby birds in a hanging basket last year, but sadly no babies this year. It is an amazing thing to watch how they change.

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  28. Loved seeing the progress of the little robins. Great pics!

    Carolyn

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  29. They grew up so fast! Such sweet photos of the little birdies. Aren't they truly good parents? The creatures of nature that intuitively know just how to make the best nest for their young.
    Brenda

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  30. Wonderful - such a beautiful process to capture and do a mosaic on. Great job!

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  31. Debbie, I love to see your photos! You are amazing with the camera. Thanks for sharing these delightful little birdies. So sweet!

    Hope to see you at my place for a Blue Rooster Monday. You might enjoy the Quimper. ~ Sarah

    http://hyacinthforthesoul.blogspot.com/

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  32. What fun to share this with your little grandson. I was up in Marietta yesterday in a store that had so many plates and I thought of you:) I plan to blog about it perhaps this week or next. Babysitting so little time for myself this week.
    Joyce

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  33. Wonderful pictures! Bet your grandson loves to visit with you - never knowing what adventure awaits him.

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  34. I love your mosaic, the theme and the arrangement of the photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Aw ... what a wonderful photo series of this amazing experience. Thanks so much for sharing with us here.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  36. Hi Debbie
    I'm fascinated with birds this year... just like you.
    You must have a great camera to capture such beauty.
    Keep in touch.
    Love to you
    Love Claudie
    xoxo

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  37. Debbie, I am so glad you documented this for us! That is so great that you and your grandson got to see nature int eh works, and that the mama found your nest-building skills good enough to birth her babies! laurie

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  38. Hi Debbie...what a wonderful thing to watch...I still feel so bad that my eggs never hatched. I finaly brought the nest with the two tiny eggs in to the house and they are sitting on my D.R. table...well, until last night when the ceiling fan decided to fall out of the ceiling (from 2 stories up)luckily it broke all stuff on the table but the little nest was spared....check out my blog this Tablescape Thursday for the disaster pictures...

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  39. Oh...soooo sweet! Glad you caught pics of them during different stages. :-)

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  40. So glad you stopped by...it's always a pleasure to meet a new blog pal. Isn't Kat wonderful?? I have about 9 years to retirement...Hope that I make it!

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  41. Hey French Friend, I have another French Friend at http://blog.thefrenchbear.ca/2009/08/i-added-more-to-giveaway.html that is giving away some of her French items she makes. You'll love it, go check her out! :) ~CC Catherine

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  42. Your birdie photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Carol

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  43. Hi Debbie, I love your Staff. They are all so cute. I do not know if I want to keep Twylah in doors. I will try to take her to visit our other neighbors.

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  44. Wow Debbie. They are so cute and amazing! Great post.

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  45. Hi Debbie,

    As always, I have enjoyed your post. What fabulous photos! It is so amazing how soon the little ones leave the nest. . . just a blink!

    Have a lovely day,
    Debbykay @ Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

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  46. Hello Debbie...

    Ohhh my...what a treasure! I can just imagine the fun that you and your grandson had watching out for these precious little robin babies! I just love your mosaics...beautiful photos, my friend! Isn't it just amazing...that these little creatures grow so quickly? I had no idea that it only took a couple of weeks from birth to fly! Wow!!! Thank you so much for sharing your photos and the interesting info.!!!

    Well my friend, I just wanted to stop by to say thank you for leaving me such a sweet note on my "Celebration Giveaway" and for your birthday and blog well wishes...it meant so much! I also just wanted to take this time to tell you thank you for following Happy To Design...I was thinking, we go back quite a ways...to those old RMS days! hehe! I count it a blessing to know you, Sweetie!!!

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!
    Love ya,
    Chari
    PS..wishing you the best with my book giveaway! I will be announcing the winner tomorrow!

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  47. Debbie, this was a wonderful series of photos. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

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  48. What a wonderful journey you have brought us on - from nest to egg to baby bird, to young fledgling all ready to strike out on his own!

    Fantastic. And i think they early birds were darn cute, fuzzy heads and all!
    Cass

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  49. what sweet baby robin photos... our bird nests are far too high in the trees for me to get a great photo like yours... great job Debbie! beautiful!

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  50. Debbie,

    Your mosaic is gorgeous and gives the opportunity to see the little guy's growth!! How amazing!! You grandson will probably always feel differently about birds. Maybe become a real birder when he grows up! lol!

    I have seen in garden supply magazines, birdhouses that attach to your window with suction cups.
    The part facing in is open so you can observe the entire process from nest building and the laying of the eggs, so on and so forth. The birds get in and out through a hole on the outside of the box. I have often thought of getting one of these bird stalking boxes and maybe I will next spring.

    Lovely post, Debbie!! :-)

    xoxo
    Jane

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  51. Debbie, this is just amazing isn't it? Your photos are awesome!

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  52. At one of our homes we had a robin come back every year and have a nest under our deck, in the rafters. Our kids loved watching the birds hatch.
    Just checking in with everyone and to give an update.
    I have a new party starting- Wed Sept 2. So each week I will have the Knock Off Knock Out party on Mondays and the Holiday/Seasonal party on Wed. I hope you come for a visit.
    New buttons to grab as well.
    Cheri
    Its So Very Cheri

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie