Mrs Robin and her babies: the last chapter, part 1

This morning, I noticed that Mrs. Robin's babies were getting active in the nest. Crowded, antsy, excited. So I brought the camera outside and set it up on the tripod, just in case anything exciting happened.It was only yesterday I noticed one bird trying to perch on the side of the nest and I thought it might be cute to watch them stretching and puffing up their feathers.What I didn't expect? That today was their last day in the nest.PART ONE: This is how the morning started, the bir … [Read more...]

Mrs. Robin’s babies – almost ready to leave the nest

The baby robins at 12 days old, May 27, 2014

It's been almost a week since I last reported on Mrs. Robin and her babies. I've been taking photos and video , but have just been too busy to post them.The biggest problem is that the little birds change so much every day:Over in the other garage window, there's been lots of activity. The second egg hatched, I think on May 22:All of this activity in the nests means that soon the babies will try out their wings. The morning doves are fortunate that their first … [Read more...]

Robin babies and dove eggs – what a difference a day makes! (photos)

Tuesday evening: one of Mrs. Morning Dove's eggs is starting to show signs of hatching. Either that, or she's squished it during one of her fits of commotion.

Yesterday I shared some up close photos of Mrs. Robin's babies, and commented on how over the last few days they've gone from prehistoric creatures to almost birds. So imagine my surprise today when I checked in on the little family - the soft down has already become little feathers! Look at their spines and wings!Not only that, Mrs. Morning Dove has some big news from her nest.On Monday, I noticed that one of her eggs had a little bump on it. I wasn't sure if it was a flaw in the … [Read more...]

Up close with Mrs. Robin’s baby birds (photos)

The view from the robin's nest. Darling husband working on a project, Bandit barking at the gate.

The good news with today's update on Mrs. Robin and her babies is that egg #4 is still in the nest. Whether or not it's going to actually hatch is another story.But the three babies who are here are growing by leaps and bounds! They're holding their heads up with beaks open in anticipation of breakfast. Their feathers are starting to come in. Just a few days ago they looked like science projects, and today they're starting to look like actual birds.I'm fascinated watching M … [Read more...]

Supercell forms in Wyoming – video

I generally stay out of the global warming debate. I'm not a scientist and I wouldn't try to argue science or research with people smarter than I am.But when I saw this video today I had to share a thought:I get that the temperature of the earth is changing. I get that climates shift geographically. I get that weather patterns go wonky every few or hundred or thousand years. What I don't get? The notion that man is so powerful that he can cause it to happen.Check out this video of a s … [Read more...]

Mrs Robin’s egg – uh oh, did we lose a baby?

I see three babies ... and no egg? What happened to baby #4?

Mrs. Robin snuck away this afternoon - to do a little worm hunting, I imagine - so I used that opportunity to sneak into the garage attic to check on the babies. As of yesterday, we had three babies and one unhatched egg.Today, I see three scrawny but growing nestlings ... but no egg.It's possible that the egg is underneath one of the baby birds. There's also the very real possibility that another bird stole the egg. I didn't see any shells in the yard but I'm actually kind of afraid … [Read more...]

Mrs. Robin hatches egg #3, and Mrs. Morning Dove sits on her nest

Mrs. Robin checks her nest to make sure all of her babies are there.

Curiosity got the best of me this morning, so I snuck outside to see if I could find a moment when Mrs. Robin was off the nest so I could check the hatched egg count. This week found two eggs had hatched - two baby robins!Mrs. Robin had built her next on the ledge of one of our garage attic windows. (And that was quite a struggle!) That means I can go inside the garage attic, look through the window and see right into the nest without touching anything or, theoretically anyway, disturbing h … [Read more...]

Introducing a drinkable book

I'm an avid reader of real books. You know, pages of paper between a paper or cardboard cover. While I get the need for electronic books, they'll never be a replacement for an actual book you can hold in your hand, with paper pages you can fold over to mark spots you want to remember, pages filled with pencil notes and fingerprints in chocolate and splashes of water from reading in the bath.I'm also very supportive of humanitarian causes, giving to others and helping whenever possible to … [Read more...]

Mrs. Robin’s babies!

The first of Mrs. Robin's babies!

If you're following along with the story of Mrs. Robin and her eggs, I have big news: two of the eggs have hatched!And I mean, just hatched.I was out with Bailey and noticed a robin's egg shell in the grass - it hadn't been there this morning. So I snuck up into the garage attic to peek through the window. Mrs. Robin saw me and flew off the nest just long enough for me to catch these photos of her first two babies!Two eggs down, two more to go! Isn't life … [Read more...]

The dangers of leaving your dog in the car – it’s hotter than you think

9:20 AM - Temperature inside the car is 80 degrees; it's 72 outside, and the car is primarily in the shade. It's actually a really nice morning. Not too warm, nice breeze. At this point, the inside of the car is already too hot for a dog but I confess I wouldn’t have realized that without the thermometer to tell me.

Here in Western NY, the weather has finally warmed up and it looks like the s-n-o-w is gone until winter. That means it's time for a reminder about leaving your dog in a hot car.In July 2011, I wrote a post for my blog in which I explained how heat affects your dog, and then did some experiments measuring the temperature in the car compared with the temperature outside the car. It's worth reposting here, since it's such an important issue - and because I think we have a moral responsibility t … [Read more...]


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