Yesterday, two of the four baby robins on our porch left the nest. The other two look ready to go also–probably today. So sad to see them leave, but it really was fun to watch the nest for the past month. After the baby flew down to the grass, he started hopping all around. The father was with him right away. Here he is just after he flew away from the nest:
I imagine the next few days will be risky ones for these little birds.
In other news, I saw my first few swallowtail butterflies of the year.
The few times I’ve gone out looking, I haven’t seen as many Warblers as before. There are still a lot of American Redstarts around, and here is a picture I took of a beautiful female:
Lately, I’ve gotten a few shots of a Song Sparrow. These little birds seem pretty relaxed–they let me get pretty close while they are singing away. Here are a few of my favorites:
Finally, I spent a few minutes on a beautiful sunny morning watching a pair of Baltimore Orioles at their nest. The female was collecting nesting material and then would disappear into her nest for quite a while. The male would occasionally perch in a nearby tree. Love these birds!