Saturday, June 15, 2013

The robins are grown and gone

Mom and baby robins

That photo was taken on Wednesday, the day before they flew away. There was a tornado warning - it was a bit dramatic, the schools were not sending the kids home and such. Well, mommy robin stayed close to the babies too.

Baby robins

They were getting crowded. The next morning - that was Thursday morning - they flew off first thing. My photo correspondent went out to snap a morning photo and witnessed four birds all fly away in a second. Then the parents swooped him and he went inside. The parents were very careful of the newly flying little ones.

Baby robins

They were ready, look at those feathers. I got home Thursday night to see the empty nest.

Mom and Baby robins

These last few photos are from a couple of days before the babies flew off.

Mom and baby robins

It really was fun to have this little family grow up on our front porch.

Mom and four baby robins

Very cute. But we are happy to be able to use the door again. The birds are gone, they stuck around our yard and trees for the first day. The babies were smaller than the parents when they flew off but bigger than sparrows. Ready for the world.

I have been home for two days, working on work the whole time. I am off at dawn tomorrow, one last work trip before things settle down for the summer months. I am leaving behind cupcakes for father's day and the youngest son's birthday. I am tired of all this working, and cannot wait to get home on Wednesday night and get back to quilting

Best,

Leanne

29 comments:

Dianne Neale said...

Gosh didn't that all happen quickly! They grew so fast. Thanks for sharing them.

Debbie said...

oh my, what a schedule for you! Glad things will settle down soon. And thanks for all the bird updates - really enjoyed them!

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Amazing how quickly they grew. Thanks for the pictures! I loved the updates.

Flying Blind... said...

Your hosting skills will be the talk of the Robin world! Glad your crazy work will soon be slowing down x

MariQuilts said...

They sure grew up fast!! Sorry to hear work is crazy for you, at the moment.

Catherine said...

The pictures have been great. Sorry to hear work is so crazy at the moment

Charlotte said...

wow - they're gone already? Seems so fast! Thank you so much for sharing this story!

heart of charnwood said...

Wow, that makes you an empty nester, how are you feeling about that?? :o)

dutchcomfort said...

Sorry to hear work is crazy right now. I hope you will soon be able to settle down back home and have some well earned quilting time.

Such great pictures of the Robin’s nest, thanks for sharing this feathery adventure!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I will be glad when things settle a bit for you!! You need a break...lean joy it!!

Carol said...

Great pictures...so cute! Hopefully life will settle down for you and you can spend more time sewing. :O)

elle said...

Wonderful photos.Thanks for all of them. Being at home for summer will be sew wonderful as well.

Sheila said...

Thanks for sharing those pics Leanne, its been fun. Enjoy your break when it comes.x

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Fabulous pictures and I've enjoyed their story!

Needled Mom said...

It was fun to watch them grow and leave the nest. I wonder if momma robin is glad to have them out of the nest.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I've really enjoyed following along... we had a nest in a wreath on the front door one year and last year one in a shrub next to the front door. So fun to see such dedicated feathered parents!

Design Originals by KC said...

I was pondering whether the robin family survived or not when your blog post came to my inbox :) Glad to know at least they flew off safely AND you have your door back! Now you can take down your wreath and put up something festive and fun for summer time :) Thanks for sharing and enjoy getting back to quilting soon! Kathi

Bonnie Miller said...

I am going to miss our nature correspondent's reports. I think everyone is as amazed as I am at how quickly the process happens...it's the first time I have been lucky enough to see that cycle of life unfold bit by bit.
Oh dear. Work can be a curse sometimes...especially when it goes nuts. This too will pass. Don't forget to breathe and enjoy your soft nest of home!
Thank you so much for all the stories and photos...I wonder who

Bonnie Miller said...

...will be the first one to make a baby bird quilt?

Archie the wonder dog said...

Bye bye, birdies! Glad to hear that work is settling down soon, you must be jiggered!

Leslie can't stop quilting said...

Thanks so much for sharing their story Leanne....my girlfriend had a nest of hummers that was fascinating to watch. I will be happy for you when your life returns to back home. I love being at home!!!

Canadian Abroad said...

I loved following the robins progress with you and the fantastic photos you took. Thanks! Can't wait to have you back to the quilting world, and for you to have some well deserved down time.

Deborah Hamilton said...

I enjoyed following the birds' progress. Thanks for posting all those pictures. I hope you enjoy your summer of quilting.

Judith, Belfast said...

Wow! that was quick! What great hosts you have been to that little family of birds. I hope you soon get some rest from work!Jxo

Betty said...

Leanne, it's been fun keeping up with your Robins! Just before yours we had a family of house finch set up shop in a piece of "frippery" next to our front door and we, too, began using another door just to accommodate them. Finally, it was time and they all flew the coop so to speak. Within 24 hrs. I had removed the "frippery" and watched with amusement over the next 5+ days as both Mr. and Mrs. HF would come to the porch, carrying pieces to enhance their nest - clearly planning to use it again! - only to find it gone. They both seemed amazed!

leanne said...

thanks so much for sharing the robins with us - it was fabulous to see them grow up through all those photos - hope work slows down for you soon !

Cindy said...

Good bye bird buddies! I've so enjoyed watching you grow up on Leanne's porch. I wish you well. xx

carla said...

Thanks!!! This has been so fun to watch!!!

Katy Cameron said...

Aww, they grow up so fast...