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Spring….and baby robins

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Every so often when you least expect it, nature provides you with amazing gifts.

I came home a couple of weeks ago to this new little guy just sunning himself on one of my garden decorations.

Mom was on the roof of the barn-shed next door, holding a worm, chirping with determination, probably yapping at me to get out of the way so she could feed junior.

And feed junior she did – the shot’s a tad blurry, but you’ll get the idea.

Here’s a few Robin Facts:

Baby robins are helpless at birth but reach the size of their parents after just two weeks! They’re also fuzzy and rather than the orange/red breast of the adult, have a spotted, mottled look to them.

Robins fly at 17 to 32 mph

Robins have about 2,900 feathers

The best way to see a robin in your garden is to dig or water the lawn.  Within minutes one may perch on a fence or branch nearby waiting to inspect the newly-turned soil for earthworms.

Once the female has laid her eggs, she stays in the nest for up to two weeks, staying low over them, well concealed with only her back visible.  The male brings her food, sometimes as often as three times in an hour.

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Author: gardenchatter

I'm a Horticulturalist, Master Gardener and member of the Garden Writers Association who enjoys playing in the dirt and experimenting with different veggies, plants and flowers in my Zone 5 garden. Check out my website http://www.wowmygarden.ca With a recent addition of a greenhouse, my newest passion is growing-your-own. And what fun that is. Yes, there's the odd failure, but there's nothing quite as satisfying as walking through the veggie patch collecting dinner.

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