little robins early in the morning, Mother Robin was perched on the edge of the nest, while the two fledglings, who have doubled in size and are now sporting a full coat of feathers, peeped loudly at her.
Unwilling to disturb them for a photograph, I decided to wait, hoping that Mother would fly off in search of food and I could get perhaps one last photograph of the peepers cuddled together in the nest. I knew she would soon be rousting them from their home and I was hoping I would get to see the little ones take their first flight.
Alas, I missed the main event. A short while later, I heard peeping and fluttering in our crab apple and the Japanese maple, and mother and babes were fluttering about. Getting a picture of them has not been easy as they are flitting from branch to branch in the tree grove. But I did catch one of the little ones in flight as it followed mother to where she was loudly chirping in one of the tall pines.
This morning, they are still sticking close to the trees in the yard, the fledglings flitting in and out of the maple, the variegated willow, the crab apples, and the pine, with all three, mother and her two offspring, chasing one another while keeping up a lively chirping, and still hard to catch on camera.
Although I'm sad I didn't get to see them actually leave the nest, we all are delighted that we were able to host the little family these last few weeks. But I must confess, it's nice to finally be able to reclaim our patio and the sliders from the family room to the back gardens!