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#1 Clip

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 12:50 PM

I found these little guys late last summer. The nest was in a completely dead large bush. The nest was about 4 inches across. So small. If I saw the parents they were a small bird I can't give more details as I only caught a glimpse. I'm just curious to see if they can be identified and how if someone does identify them. I have more pictures of them but none that give any more details. And they are oldest in this one. I took photos of them on 3 separate ocassions over about a week. The next time I returned they were gone.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:01 PM

American Robin for me. . .

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:02 PM

Posted Image[/img]Here is another photo.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:05 PM

JimBob I see Robin in the beak. But couldn't it also be a starling?

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:12 PM

Starlings are cavity nesters.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:17 PM

So starling is a no! The nest seemed to small for a Robins to me. I know very little about birds nests.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:23 PM

Well they are ugly, I'll tell you that much. :P

I also have almost zero experience with bird nests, but from the look of this one, it does seem to be from a robin.

The chicks also look like robin chicks.

Good timber does not grow with ease:

The stronger wind, the stronger trees.

The further sky, the greater length,

The more the storm, the more their strength.


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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:38 PM

The one thing that doesn't seem robin-ish is the apparent lack of mud on the outside of the nest. . . which robins almost always have.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:54 PM

Aren't Robins usual good parents too. The nest looks a little unkept to me and I think they may have been abandoned. I just recently got photos of what I believe to be cowbirds in the same general area. And I thought it odd that the bush was dead giving the babies no natural cover.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:56 PM

I could see them as phoebes, though here in the East they don't nest in such exposed places.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:58 PM

I have photographed say's phoebes nearby. The beak would have to change color.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 05:33 PM

Here is a website I found with a lot of different nestling photos on it, maybe you can find it on there? http://www.eastvalle...rd_gallery.html

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:26 PM

sailormom64 Thanks! Checking it out now!

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:34 PM

I think they look most like the sparrows on that site. That fits better with the size of the nest than starling or robin I think.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:34 PM

The one thing that doesn't seem robin-ish is the apparent lack of mud on the outside of the nest. . . which robins almost always have.


I was thinking that too... I probably won't add anything else because I am being of no help with my little zero knowledge on this subject.

Good timber does not grow with ease:

The stronger wind, the stronger trees.

The further sky, the greater length,

The more the storm, the more their strength.


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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:26 PM

Triplefeather if you think my little guys are ugly you should check out the website sailormom64 provided :o

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:33 PM

Is that white piece a shell remnant in picture 2?

robin egg shells are blue right?

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:50 PM

johnd-I don't think so. I think it is just nesting material of some kind.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:54 PM

Is that white piece a shell remnant in picture 2?


That was my original impression as well, but with further inspection I decided that it was probably birch bark.

These don't really look like robins to me, though, more like an Icterid or a Starling, maybe. But I'm far from sure! I just think that we'd see browner tones on a robin fledgling, and some spotting should be visible on the breast in the second photo if it was a robin where I'm not seeing any.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:45 PM

Posted Image[/img]This is a very young robin. He apparently fell out of his nest too young. He somehow ended up in our backyard last Spring. His father came around several times a day to feed him. He stayed in our backyard for 8 or 9 days.

I think Limpkin is right about the color of the nestlings and them not being robins.




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