Recently I discovered a robin nesting in the dogwood tree that grows alongside my deck. I was thrilled that this would give me the opportunity to photographically document the baby’s development.
Sunday morning July 29th one egg had hatched. I photographed this baby that evening. The other two eggs have tiny holes pecked through. Sadly these two babies died before they could break free of the eggs.
By Wednesday August 1st the little robin had more than doubled in size.
On Saturday August 4th the baby had grown much larger and was becoming covered with feathers. Any disturbance about the nest would cause it to hungrily open its huge mouth.
This morning I went out to photograph the baby on its one week birthday only to find it and the remaining unhatched egg gone. If only the baby had been missing I would have assumed it had accidentally fallen from the nest but with the remaining egg also gone I believe it is safe to assume the nest was raided by a predator during the night.
Such is The Way of the Wild
Some must Die that Others may Live