"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Monday, 7 May 2012

First Fledglings in the Garden

I was really thrilled this morning to see an adult robin feeding two recently fledged young in the garden.

I managed to get a couple of photos with the 70-300mm lens although they were really far too far away so they are very heavily cropped and the light was poor so it was hard to get a fast shutter speed even at ISO800 (i.e. the usual excuses!).

In view of all the rain and cold weather we've had it was a relief to see that at least one species have managed to raise a few young. I wish them luck in what is going to be a dangerous few weeks for them!


Rohrerbot said...

Incredible!! I would love to see something like this on our property....but I fear the feral cats would get them first:( We have the hummingbirds but they stay in their nest and never touch the ground...Good luck to these little guys!! Thanks for sharing:)

Ragged Robin said...

Thanks Chris - I shall be worried about how they fare as there are so many predators around.

I wouldn't say no to a hummingbird nest in my garden :)

Dartford Warbler said...

Lovely photos. Our robins are feeding babies at present but so far, no fledgelings. The cats are on daytime curfew though, as "our" swallows have come home and are busy rebuilding their nests.

kirstallcreatures said...

Lovely to see the fledgling Robin, I like the way your gnome is keeping a watchful eye over the young one, fingers crossed for a positive outcome, Linda

Ragged Robin said...

Dartford Warbler - Many thanks. It must be wonderful to have swallows nesting - they are such a lovely emblem of late spring.

Kirstall Creatures - Many thanks Linda. Hopefully the gnome will keep them safe :)

ShySongbird said...

How lovely! That's a very cheering sight :-) I hope they thrive.

Ragged Robin said...

ShySongbird - Many thanks - its always a special moment to see the first fledglings of the year. Adult was feeding them again today around the garden.

Toffeeapple said...

What a lovely thing to see, those babies are so precious.

Ragged Robin said...

Toffeeapple - they are rather cute! Both were still around the garden yesterday morning.

Ragged Robin said...

Toffeeapple - they are rather cute! Both were still around the garden yesterday morning.