Didn't want you guys to spend the weekend wondering about little Button Open. It's good news. All 4 eggs hatched and we have 4 babies in the nest. Scoot, Feeker, Squawk and Button Open.
Guess which one this is?
Check out that crazy hair again. And you can see someone's little spine there on the bottom right.
They are growing fast and already fill twice as much of the nest as they did when they first hatched. Interestingly, they don't all sit up and open their mouths immediately when Clementine lands with a worm. She has to peep at them and then only one or two lift up for their meal. We can see that they are all moving in there so our guess is that they are still just a little too small. We expect that as they get bigger and stronger they will all sit up and try to get the worm each time. Just like human babies when they are only a few days old, they're very tired and sleep most of the day.
It's rained a little each afternoon and should continue that pattern for the next week. That combined with us doing some gardening and keeping lots of fresh dirt tilled up are really making finding earthworms a easy job for Clementine. Good thing too because we haven't seen Abner bring food to the nest like we were expecting. We hope he's alright. We wonder if maybe he'll start helping out once the babies are bigger and it's a bigger job to keep all four little tummies full.
We've learned that while the mommy robins are all sitting on their nests, all the daddy robins in an area roost together in a tree somewhere. Then when the babies leave the nest, they go roost in the tree with the daddy birds while the mommies start building their next nest in a new location. They are very communal birds it turns out.
We'll post another update early next week. I wonder how much they'll grow in another 2 or 3 days?