Announcing the arrival of the baby robins!!
I've been checking the nest every day (sometimes several times a day) for the last week or so--as I leaned in to check today, I did a double-take because there were two baby robins staring back up at me! The other two should hatch in the next couple of days (they hatch in the order they were laid, about a day apart). They're kind of freaky looking, with big eyes, long, skinny necks and wide-open beaks--but, like a true "mother," I think they're beautiful.
However, now I'm really worried because we're getting a big storm tonight, with high-ass winds, hail and rain. A minute ago, the winds were so high that I could barely open the sliding door to go check on them. I almost cried, because Momma Robin was stoicly sitting in her nest, braving the winds and the rain to protect her babies. My main worry is that the winds will knock the nest out of the tree or something. We're under a tornado watch, and you KNOW that if one hits, my ass'll be up in that tree, protecting the whole robin family.
Anyway, I have about 4 pictures left on this roll (enough to get me through the birth of the next two babies), and then I'll get them scanned (and, of course, I'll have to buy another disposable camera to continue documenting their development).
I'll update this post when the next two are born.