Saturday, May 28, 2005

Robin eggs.

I just noticed a nest in the tree closest to our balcony railing--and in that nest are 4 beautiful blue robin eggs. (You can look RIGHT into the nest from our balcony--pretty cool.) I don't know how long the eggs have been there, but incubation is 12 - 14 days. I wonder if they'll hatch while I'm still here.

Trivia fact number one: robins usually lay four eggs at a time--an egg a day.

Trivia fact number two: baby robins will stay in the nest for 9-16 days.

Trvia fact number three: only 40% of "clutches"--which is like a "litter" of puppies, only for robins--actually survive to leave the nest. Guess I shouldn't get too attached to them then.

I'll continue to update you for as long as I'm around. Remember: today is just the first day that I NOTICED the eggs. They may have been there for a while; they could hatch tomorrow or two weeks from now.

I'm sure I can turn this into an educational activity for "my kids" somehow. I think I'll get a disposable camera and start taking daily pictures, from now until (hopefully) the babies are full grown and leave the nest. Then I can show the pictures to the kids and we can put together a "baby book" for the birds, writing a little story to go with the pictures. They're really too young to be able to do anything much more advanced. Two of the three kids don't even have a concept of time yet, so my telling them that the "eggs will hatch in another week" or "the baby birds will leave the next in two more weeks" won't mean anything to them. (Noah, the 4 year old, once said, "Supernanny, remember when we went out for ice cream last year?"--referring to something we had done the week before.)

14 comments:

Jen said...

And you all know me well enough to know that I'll be CRUSHED if something happens to the eggs or the baby birdies. Maybe this isn't the best project for me. =-)

Nik said...

That is a really cool edumucational experience Jen. Npt to sound gay or anything, but I'd like to see the pics too!

LocuTus of Borg said...

I have seen that happen quite a few times in my life growing up out west and it is fantastic. Sorry, Jen, but you should not too close because usually something does happen to one :(

Isn't it wonderful that kids do not have a sense of time ... such innocence.

Renee said...

That's awesome, Jen! But I forsee a tearful blog entry soon when something does happen to one :-) You're already attached!

Jen said...

I am NOT attached to Ryan, Tony, Junior and Mark. (Is it bad that I named them?) =-)

Renee said...

ROTF!! Um, no. Why do you ask?

Rob said...

They'd probably make a good omelette. :)

LocuTus of Borg said...

leave it to rob ..... HAHAHA

Renee said...

LOL! Eeeewww!

Jen said...

Sigh

Renee said...

Kind of along these same lines...

Brent and I were fishing this weekend (only three fish were caught all weekend, by my nephew), and upon seeing Grandpa's live well, asked what it was. I told him that when we catch fish, we throw them in there until we get enough to eat. "You mean we eat REAL FISH?!" I told him that while mommy and daddy don't like to eat fish, both grandmas and grandpas love to eat fish. "But like... REAL fish, like the fish that we catch?" I then explained how you prepare the fish before frying/grilling, whatever. His eyes could not have been any wider. So I stick my foot in my mouth a little further and tell him it's just like when we eat chicken, how it comes from a real chicken, and how burgers come from cows. The poor kid was APPALLED. He doesn't eat much meat to begin with; I'm sure I've turned him into a vegetarian ;-)

Jen said...

LOLOL Renee.

Hell, Noah freaked out enough when he found out that ketchup was made with tomatoes, which he hates.

Renee said...

LOLOL! Kids are so funny :-)

Anna said...

Rob, Hilarious, as always.

Jen, Why are they all boy names?

Renee, Funny stuff!