Wednesday, June 02, 2010

growing, growing...

They are getting so big! Every day they look so different. It has been wonderful to watch them - and we even love being yelled at by the parents whenever we try to walk into our, I mean 'their' yard.

Fun facts::
  • A female robin builds a nest out of grass and small twigs held together with mud
  • The eyes of nestlings open when they are about five days old
  • Robins usually live for six years, but can live up to 14 years
  • Earthworms are a favorite food
  • Other soft-bodied invertebrates they eat include caterpillars, beetles and grasshoppers
  • Fruits and berries account for 60 percent of robins’ diet (I can verify that they love our strawberries)
  • Parents feed their young in the nest until they are ready to leave it at 14 to 16 days of age
  • Baby robins cannot fly for the first few days after they jump from the nest
  • Within a day or two their wings grow stronger and they begin to take short flights
  • Their parents feed them (even on the ground) until they have learned to feed themselves
We have been reading about the life cycle of Robins. Here are a few books we are reading now:

A Nest Full of Eggs

The Robins in Your Backyard


Shady Lady said...

How cool to watch them grow!! Great pics, too!

Crescent Moon said...

Oh, they're so cute!

Amber said...

Oh now that is special and how damn cute they are. Please do keep us informed...xx

Stephanie said...

So neat that you get to watch them every day!
How scary that they'e grounded for two days! oof. Sounds hazardous!!