Big day today. We knew something was going on in the robin clutch. Mama was in and out all day, and Papa was no longer scarce, showing up on the fence and yard. So...I took a peek. Inquiring minds needed to know, and the new mom hadn't seemed to mind us being up close and personal so far. And whaddaya know...
Three chicks. At least three so far...I didn't want to hang around or be too intrusive. And Casey was pretty excited about it as anyone can see, as well as plainly hear in the video clip.
Just an update to our Sunday post on the robin roost So, all's well, and Mama Robin seems OK with her current nesting situation, in such close proximity to a loud collection of cohabitants. We thought she'd be long gone after Casey burst out of the back door one time or barked to be let back in. One week down, one to go before the fledglings appear.
Right on schedule, and seeming to arrive almost overnight, our neighborhood meadows, even lawns, are flush with golden carpets of buttercups. This brilliant Northwest version, the Creeping buttercup, is one of many welcome additions to Bellingham's many emerging wildflower mosaics.
Well, this is a first. Of all the potential roosts available among our yard's shade trees, a feathered family is now being raised on Casey's back porch. Obviously the parents' peril meters didn't register the first indication of a threat.
We first noticed this robin's unperturbed brooding when Casey and Stella seemed to be preoccupied at the back windows with something going on outside. And today, instead of the new mom taking flight, she let us get a good look at her as she stepped out to stretch her legs.
Now, with another month to go before the fledglings leave our deck for good, it looks like the newness could already be starting to wear off, at least as far as Casey is concerned.