Thursday, July 1, 2010
One Baby Gone!
Hey, where'd the new baby go? I peeked into the robin's nest today, hoping to find the remaining eggs hatched, but not only were the remaining two eggs still intact, but the baby hatched on Monday was nowhere to be found. I searched the ground under the nest, thinking maybe the smaller one had died and its corpse been chucked from the nest. If so, it was now long gone. Perhaps a stray cat or a bluejay or squirrel has carried it off. Or robbed the nest in the first place. Ah well, I guess these things happen.
At least the remaining baby seems to be growing, as a glance at this photo taken on Monday reveals. As the above photo shows, the skin is now darkening too, and tiny pinfeathers are poking out now from the wings.
It's now been three days since the second egg hatched. I wonder if the remaining two never will. I'll keep checking. I'm assuming, since it's already July, that this batch is the second clutch of the year, the first babies having long since fledged. Does anyone know if second clutches have a lower success rate? Let's all hope that this one baby makes it.