Our Newest Feathery Friends

We had a surprise on Sunday when we found that robins had built a nest in the boxwoods just inside our front gate. We have tried to be as non-threatening as possible as we go in and out of the house. The robins are still very nervous when we're near but they have not abandoned the nest.

Yesterday there was one beautiful blue egg in the nest. Today there are at least two. We're going to enjoy watching the bird family over the next few weeks!
UPDATE: Now there are three eggs! (4/18/06)
UPDATE 2:The Eggs have hatched!! (4/30/06)
UPDATE 3:The nest is empty!! I startled them this morning and they flew away!

We're going to miss you guys. Fly safely and hopefully we'll see you next spring!

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4/16/06: the mother in the nest
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4/16/06: After she left we saw one egg in the nest.
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4/17/06: Two eggs in the nest.
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4/18/06: Three eggs!
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4/30/06: Right on schedule, two weeks later... 2 tiny robins!
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4/30/06: Robin 3 is just starting to peek out!
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4/30/06: Robin 3 is almost out of its shell!
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4/30/06: The nest has been cleaned up. Everyone is still tired.
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5/2/06: Looking about the same
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5/3/06: This is (I think) the father, yelling at me from a tree branch, insisting that I mind my own business.
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5/3/06: We want foood!
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5/3/06: Keeping an eye on me. The parents are getting a bit less patient with my visits!
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5/6/06: Growing up so fast!
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5/6/06: Starting to look like winged birds!
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5/6/06: Facing the other direction, still sleeping.
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5/7/06: Their eyes are open much of the time now.
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5/7/06: Say Ahhhhh!
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5/9/06: Chillin' out, waiting for a snack.
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5/9/06: It's easier to eat when your head's already aimed up.
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5/10/06: This guy was poofing himself up and getting ready to flap his wings!!
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5/10/06: It's getting crowded in here!
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5/10/06: A pile of birds
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5/10/06: They look so grouchy!
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5/10/06: Mom (?) getting ready to deliver a snack.
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5/10/06: Please sir, I'd like some more!
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5/11/06: Overflow seating
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5/11/06: The three of us would just like to thank our mom for not laying four eggs.
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5/15/06: Two left in the nest. One was standing to the left, just outside the frame.
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5/15/06: And then there were none!
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5/15/06: This one just flew down into the corner and hid behind the Blackeyed-Susans.
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5/15/06: The others flew up in the trees!

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