a new family in the new tree

A few weeks ago I mentioned that some robins had built a big sloppy nest in one of the two new maple trees we planted earlier this spring in the front yard.  There was no action for a long time, and we were starting to wonder whether the project had been abandoned.  After all it is very late in the year for a robin to be nesting.

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But then I saw the little hen sitting very conscientiously on her nest.  Maybe she’d been shy and flown away whenever she saw the camera until things started to get serious.  Which they apparently did, since she now has two hungry youngsters.

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They are visibly maturing every day. And she’s not doing her child rearing alone.  This guy is always coming around with bugs and caterpillars for her and the kids.

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Remember that I am the worlds least competent wildlife photographer.  This very patient family is great to practice on.  Images from the Pentax K-5iis and the 55-300mm zoom lens.

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