by Calah Beckwith
Lead Wildlife Keeper
|The nest....in good condition for|
for such a long journey.
|Four nestling American robins - |
weary from their travels.
|The robins during their days as fledglings.|
When they arrived at VINS, we were shocked at the amazing condition of the robins. They were a bit stinky, dehydrated, and thin, but they were alert and begging for food. It was fortunate that the babies had just enough feathers to keep warm, were big enough to survive an eight-hour fast, and were able to remain securely in their nest. If they had been any smaller with fewer feathers, they wouldn’t have been able to stay warm nor could they have tolerated an entire day without food. Had they been any older, the movement of the barn may have caused them to leave the nest or “fledge” too early, and they wouldn’t have survived. These robin nestlings were at just the right age – what are the chances?!
Today, the robins are (mostly) grown up. They’re testing out their wings in our outdoor aviary and learning to eat on their own. It's so much fun to watch them forage for insects and explore the outdoors. What amazing little birds!