May 09 2009

Don’t Walk. Fly.

Published by at 9:30 am under Nesting & Courtship,Songbirds

American Robin at nest on traffic signal (photo by Sam Leinhardt)

The Don’t Walk robins were busy at their nest last week when Sam Leinhardt spent time with his camera at Forbes and Craig.  He captured some great photos which I’ve highlighted in a new slideshow today.  (Click on the photo to see the slideshow; it repeats until you close the window.)

The babies continued to grow and thrive.  They changed from blind, nearly naked birds into recognizable baby robins. Their eyes opened first, then they grew feathers and began to open their wings.  They must have been surprised to see the world.  Something to flap about!

About halfway through the slideshow you’ll see they grew brown feathers on their heads except for two rows of fluff that looked like horns … another Bad Hair Day for birds.  By the end of the sequence they really look like robins and have nearly lost those horns. 

Such a rapid transformation! 

By the time I wrote this, they’d flown. 

(all photos by Sam Leinhardt)

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Don’t Walk. Fly.”

  1. Dianeon 09 May 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Kudos to all involved in this story! I love the pictures, the story and the very happy ending! Especially big kudos to those Robins.

  2. Kristenon 09 May 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photographs! Many thanks for sharing them!

  3. Susanon 12 May 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Outstanding pictures! Thank you so much for posting them.

  4. Bethon 09 Jun 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Kate,

    Thank you so much for all of the bird stories you share! I haven’t lived in Pittsburgh for over 13 years, but I love following the Peregrines each Spring and your blog makes what we see on the webcams even more enjoyable. We live in Nashville and my 7 year old daughter has become a Peregine fan thanks to you and the folks at the National Aviary!

    I saw this contest and thought of the robins that nested in the traffic light… Here’s the website: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/celebration/ Maybe you or the folks that photographed it can enter… GOOD LUCK!

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