22 July 2007

Mailbox robin - update

During my absence last week the eggs of the robin (Turdus migratorius) that has a nest above our mailbox hatched. This afternoon I photographed the nest amid the protests of the parents. Yes, I think there were 2 adult birds around. According to this source, both parents care for their offspring.

robinchick1

About 10 days ago there were 3 eggs in the nest. My wife says she saw 2 chicks last Tuesday. But there is only one chick visible in today's pictures. So it seems that natural selection has already removed 2 of the offspring of this pair.

The eyes of the surviving chick were still closed as of this afternoon.

robinchick2

Final update is here.


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