Are You My Mom??? Baby Robin Out Of The Nest
Drawing - Colored Pencil On Paper
Baby Robin in Colored Pencil by Conni Schaftenaar.
This tiny baby robin is a fledgling that should still be in the nest. His flight feathers and tail are not developed enough to allow him to do more than short hops trying to fly, so we have to hope that he is careful about who he approaches for food!
When I was a really little girl, I loved to climb trees. I was climbing an apple tree at a neighbor's house one time and found a robin's nest with two hatchlings in it. One was somewhat older than the other, and had more feathers coming out; the other was pretty newly hatched. Against ALL warnings from my mother about leaving baby birds in nests if I found any, I just could not resist this tiny feathered creature, so I took him (I was five at most, so completely self-focused). I lied my socks off to my mother about how he was abandoned. I know she did not believe me, but there was nothing to do but to try to feed and protect this little kidnap victim.
We raised him on canned dog food, and when he was fledged a little more than the one in my drawing, I was told to keep him exercising his wings by boosting him gently into the air and letting him flap and glide to the ground. After not too much time, he did learn to fly. He then perched in a tree in our yard and waited for me to come outside with dog food. He'd fly down onto the porch railing and get some goodies. Gradually, we weaned him off of depending on us by giving him less and less food each day, forcing him to find his own. He was successful, and came back to our house for several summers - he would announce his arrival by flying down to the porch railing when I came out the back door and chirping at me. He never again had let me handle him, but that was OK! I was just happy that he had survived, because I would have been chewed out by my mother if he hadn't!
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