A while back, I went out to the garage and lifted the door with the intent to retrieve my car. My husband had left his motorcycle helmet on my son’s soccer net that was situated behind the vehicle. Imagine my surprise when I spotted this nestled in the helmet. There was no way I was going to disturb this delicate situation. Instead, every couple of days, camera in hand, I chronicled the birth of these baby robins. Our garage had been broken into and a window that hadn’t been fixed yet made a great entrance for the momma bird.
The photos aren’t the best, but it was tough trying to focus with the momma squawking at me every day. Obviously, the helmet had been rendered useless, and since I don’t know nothing ’bout birthin’ no babies, I let nature take it’s course. The delicate little bird below was injured after his siblings had flown the coop. This little guy was stuck in the soccer net. I pulled on a pair of gloves and tried to free him, but he struggled so. You can see the wing on the left was most certainly not as it should have been. I went inside to get a blanket, but when I returned, he was gone. I searched and searched and all I can hope is that he hid himself in the bushes, away from any prowling cats or other predators.
Nature has its own delicate way of taking care of things. I can only hope he made it to safety.
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Wow, fabulous. It must have been fun to watch them.
It was pretty exciting. 🙂
I love the helmet babies! I especially like the empty nest at the end. So much fun. I think the left-behind bird shook out that gnarly wing and flew away and lived a long happy life and built a nest in a cowboy hat.
Haha! Cowboy hat. Now that would be right up my alley. ;-).
I’m with you. Safe and sound and flying south for the winter.
What a marvelous thing to have happened, Gemma. I think your pics are great, considering the circumstances. 😀 I hope that last little chick made it to safety.
I think a little bit of poo adds to the delicacy ;-p.
I love this photo series, Gemma! Thanks for sharing! I hope the injured bird is okay now.
I hope so too, Iñigo. 🙂
Awwww lovely post! Such cute little birds!
Thanks, ioanna. What a fun series to capture. Thanks for the visit.
How special you must feel to be able to watch all that from so close by. What a wonderful series! Perhaps if you leave the helmet there (without the net underneath) she may return next year?
Who knows? But the windows’s been repaired, and I wonder how I would recognize him ;-).
You have a gentle heart. You welcomed these beautiful creatures in your garage. Safest place during this harsh, cold Winter. Love the pics and I was really excited to see those baby birds all happy to be born in this world. Merry Christmas.
Kind, as always, IT. Thank you. It was such a fun experience. Merry Christmas, my friend.
How enterprising of you to see such wonderful possibilities in what I’m sure I would have thought was a nuisance. You turned it into a fascinating post. Island Traveler is right, you have a gentle heart.
Thank you so much, T2T. More kind words. I’m sure a more seasoned photographer would have gotten ‘cleaner’ shots. 😉
gorgeous images Gemma…i hope he made it okay…poor wee thing
I hope. He really struggled and I did my best, but I didn’t want to make things worse. Thanks for stopping by, Jo.
It must have been so nice to see birds developeing. And a bit sad about the one left behind. I hope he coped..
It was pretty exciting and yes. I hope he eventually flew the coop. 🙂
What an amazing story and great photos too… The bird started off with 4 eggs, did all of them hatch and grow? Just curious as I saw 2 birds towards the end…. Beautiful share… You do have a kind heart and I’m glad we connected. TY! 🙂
Four eggs, then three birds, then two. Did I mention there are some cats in th neighborhood? 😦
So happy we met 🙂
Cats… o dear! 😦
And the cats probably spell better than I do! Th???
How sweet! I think the helmet made a perfect little home. Love. Love. Love.
High class birdorhood 🙂
i love this post! how great that you photographed the progress and watched the fledglings start their journey in life! maybe ‘little bit’ will survive!
Little bit. Love it! I hope so too. 🙂
Wow! This was fantastic! I really admire you taking the photos progressively. It’s good to see two eggs, then three, then four, then brand new birds. This is a good post to read this Christmas morning.
Thanks, Trish. Glad you liked it. Have a very merry. 😀
Now that is one gorgeous post ! You had a great view point for capturing their progress to share here 🙂
There must be something about helmets …some years ago we too had a robin nest in our outside shed area where we lived at the time in an old Gliding Helmet of my husbands . Sadly the days before digital cameras – but we have never forgotten it 🙂
Thanks a bunch, poppytump, and happy to have you stop by. Be seeing you again, I hope. 🙂