You may remember that I had to leave the baby robins to their fate the day they left the nest and were not to be seen anymore. I hoped that the parents were keeping them hidden and were feeding them someplace out of sight of the crows who still fly regular “search and destroy” missions over our property.

I had almost given up on the young ones, but just a few days ago, I spotted them – well, two of the three, anyway. The third one most likely didn’t make it.

Here is one checking out the birdbath. Do you see the second bird? Look on the ground to the top right of the birdbath. Not bad for camouflage.


“It doesn’t look very deep, but for now I’m safe on the ‘landing’ in the middle. Now, to test the waters….”


 “Nice! Not too deep, not too cold. Ju-u-u-u-st right. Splash a little under the armpits. You never know who you’re going to meet.”


“Okay, buddy! Your turn. In you go! Go ahead! You’ll feel a lot better after you have a bath.”

013I still worry about the crows catching one of the survivors, but with every day that goes by, the baby robins get bigger and stronger and a little bit smarter. With any luck they’ll continue to be survivors.



31 thoughts on “Survivors

      1. Mother Hen

        I’m sure you do! Our youngest cat gets bullied by another. We can’t always be around to protect her. So I know how you feel… Thank you for following!

  1. bentehaarstad

    Nice to see they are enjoying life. Sweet. By the way, I have a whole bunch of small crowlike birds called Western Jackdaw in me chimney, that is just inside my office, and they hatched a couple of weeks ago, so a lot of sweet noice now. I am so excited to see how they will get up from there.. Then we will be two worrying.

  2. Gladys

    What lovely pictures! I haven’t seen any baby robins at our place. Lots of squawking in the trees but none in full view yet.

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      They would have a better chance of survival around your place than here. With so much forest to choose from that may be why you don’t see them as much as we do here (where they’re limited to a few trees).

  3. shoreacres

    Perhaps all the good thoughts from around the world gave them courage! Or, perhaps they just were lucky. In any event, they’re getting to the size now where they’re going to be far more nimble — and of course their instincts are good. I have a pair of sparrows who’ve shown up with one baby, and it’s such fun to watch them feed it the shelled sunflower seeds I put out. And I know now that my “baby” blue jays are here. The parents know that nuts are good to eat. The babies don’t touch them. They’ll learn.

  4. bulldog

    This is the news and photos I’m really pleased to see… the damn crows need to search for their food else where… i love this post, a survival story…

  5. Grace

    Sweet. Those crows, though. A huge, puffed up crow sits above my feeders bullying the small sized birds. I can’t seem to discourage it or encourage it to move on to a new house.

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I couldn’t agree more! If all the crows disappeared off the face of the earth, it would have very little negative impact. (That’s my humble opinion, anyway.)


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