During our Thursday afternoon visit to Columbus Park, Ethan found a baby Robin beside the lagoon:
It seemed too young to fly, so the boys discussed about how to help it. Should we take it home to keep it safe? Then we heard the Robin’s parents in the tree behind us. Their clucking noises sounded almost like a mother hen.
We remembered reading how bird parents stay once their young have left the nest. They feed and care for them as long as people stay away. The parents even will swoop down on potential predators, although they stayed away from us. We decided the best thing was to back away and let the parents do their job.
When we checked back later, we couldn’t find the baby Robin. It must have found a safe place to hide.
Note added Sunday, May 10 (Mother’s Day!) When we visited Columbus Park yesterday there were two baby Robins in the bushes right behind the Refectory. (That’s across a small lawn from where we found the baby pictured above.) The mother and father Robins were in tree branches right above the babies.
When a Grackle approached the bush with the babies, the parents chirped and started moving towards it. When the Grackle tried to move even closer, one of the parents dove at the Grackle’s head, and the Grackle flew away.