About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Photo Share: Feeding baby robins

"Good parents give their children Roots and Wings." --Jonas Salk
Poppa shows off his brood of three proudly!
The customers at the East Lansing Wild Birds Unlimited store were treated to the view of Mr. and Mrs. Robin and their three babies today.

When American Robins first leave the nest they can't fly. They are nurtured in their nest until they are about 2 weeks old. Then their parents begin a 2 week basic training course to teach their offspring to hop, sleep on sheltered branches at night, forage for food, and learn how to fly.

Baby robins are very vulnerable before they can fly. To help ensure that the baby robins in your yard are safe, keep cats indoors and don't use unnecessary pesticides in the lawn and garden.

It's a big world out there and it’s amazing how quickly these young birds learn to be independent.

They were eating some peanuts but then I offered them mealworms
and momma and poppa couldn't grab enough!
Fat and happy
If you spot a baby bird in your yard, the best thing to do is probably just leave it alone. Call for help before you do anything.

For a list of licensed rehabilitators click HERE
Or visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at: http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/
Or to search for a local wildlife rehabilitation group by zip code at: http://www.wildliferehabber.org/ 

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

A robin is raising a set of baby robins on my eavestrough,an unsafe place to raise babies,right in my dogs yard.:[

Anonymous said...

Great info - good reason to leave a baby robin alone. Thanks!