Our Yard has Turned Into a Baby Bird Nursery

Baby robin waiting for food.

Our yard seems to have transformed into a baby bird nursery. Nests in the front yard, nests in the backyard, nests on the side of the house…we’ve seen baby cardinals, baby mourning doves, baby grackles, baby house finches, baby house sparrows, baby robins, and baby song sparrows. A walk around the backyard produces a din of angry chirps and tweets from bird parents telling me to begone or risk being swooped at.

Baby robin soon after leaving the nest.

More food for baby sparrow. It’s funny how some of the baby birds seem much bigger than the parents.

Ma and Pa Robin were the most outspoken. While hatching their four blue eggs next to our front porch, they chirped a warning every time I stepped off the porch steps. Once the babies came, their behavior became more frenzied. They relentlessly chirped and fanned their tail at me as I walked by. If you got too close, you’d have a speeding robin flying toward your head. Fortunately, I have not had actual contact with an angry robin’s beak.

Baby grackle opens wide.

Another meal for baby grackle.

Now that most of the hatching has taken place, baby birds are fluttering about the yard trying out their wings and discovering the world. Adult birds are zipping to and fro watching over their young and bringing worms, butterflies, and other tasties for their nourishment. Two things have amazed me about the bird nursery: 1. Adult birds seem to be able to find food for their babies quite quickly, over and over again; and 2., Birds can chirp pretty loudly despite having a worm hanging out of their beak.

Pretty soon we should be able to walk around our yard without creating a cacophony of angry bird sounds. In the meantime, it’s been fun observing the babies, and their parents, in our backyard bird nursery this spring.


11 responses to “Our Yard has Turned Into a Baby Bird Nursery

  1. And we just remarked this week how FEW nests we have as compared to other years. NO robins especially. We do have a large population of crows and hawks so I have to presume the lack of nests is directly related to egg pilfering.

    Your photos are spectacular, as if I were watching the Nature Channel. The close-ups are are such good gets. You have to tell us if it was by happenstance or if you sat “perched” for a while hoping to get the feeding. I’m impressed, no matter the method.

    Tell me, the baby robin in photo two; he doesn’t look old enough to fly but your caption says “out of the nest”.

    • He somehow managed to get in the bush near the bird feeders, nowhere near the nest area. I literally walked by the bush and there it was just sitting there waiting for a photo! All the shots were happenstance, right place, right time. We had so many more nests than previous years.

  2. You are so lucky to see and photograph the birds nd their babies.

  3. Omigosh! Baby boom! Great shots.

  4. looks like the poor sparrows are raising a baby cowbird. that’s got to be tough to feed that big fellow! 🙂

  5. Lucky you, seeing all that, and lucky us, seeing it here!

  6. Oh my goodness! How lucky you are to have so many bird babies around your yard! They are so cute! I love the tiny feather tail on your young robin. Those fledglings sure can be demanding of the parents. I too am amazed at how often the find food for the little ones. This wonderful post put a big smile on my face 🙂

    • Thanks Jule. It seems like the robins especially are constantly finding food and feeding their young. Appreciate your comments.

      • Wow thats very cute, I love them to life…

        and Yes you are right, Robin babies eat every 30 mins for first 4 days, and every 45 mins there after until they start to flap their wings.

        and what a coincidence, One baby robin ( just 3 days old ) landed in front of my door, after my early morning walk, last week ( probably something tried to hunt it and dropped it of, lucky fellow. ), and I successfully managed to take care of him, feed usign a tube ever 30 mins, and finally when he got back alright, enrolled him to a rahabitation program. you can check my feeding video and even the baby robin pictures on my blog here, http://livingthoughts.org/category/baby-robin/

        i am sure you will enjoy it, especially the way they ask for food and eat from tubes like human babies. 🙂 , very adorable.

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