Last week this robin decided to move:
Out of the nest and into the hedgerow. I was wondering what made him decide to go. One of his siblings had left the day before. It’s hard to tell from the photo above, but here is what he left behind:
These other two robins would wait an additional day before leaving. When they went to leave one flew directly to the hedgerow. The other decided to walk most of the way:
Here this last bird is, with an adult on the lookout as it makes it’s way to the hedgerow. The adult offers up a snack as enticement:
Made it all the way to the hedgerow with a bit of coaxing.
So of the four birds this year, two flew directly and two walked. I’m not an expert on birds but one difference I noticed was that the birds that walked seemed to have shorter and fewer feathers on their backside. I was wondering though, given that they seemed to be a be leaving a bit sooner than they should have, what forces compelled them forward. In past years we have had other hatchlings leave too early for obvious reasons. One was forced out in a storm. The other was the surviving member of an attack by a larger bird of prey. The small bird was taken by it’s parents into the hedgerow at least two days earlier than it would have gone on its own, we suspect that it did survive.
So that is the end of the story for this year’s nest. Thanks to all of you who followed along. Let me know what you think of these final pictures. Feel free to leave a comment below.