Sunday, June 5, 2011

robin eggs!

a pair of robins built a nest in the lilac tree in my backyard. it’s a huge tree and the nest is probably 11-12 feet off the ground...impossible to peek in, unless you take a compact camera, attach it to a gorillapod, wind the gorillapod around the end of a broomstick, set the camera’s self-timer, hold up the broom and reach on your tippy toes trying your damnedest to aim it properly.

5 comments:

Vetsy said...

Emily Robins have the prettiest eggs.

I have three baby robins running around my backyard, but did not have the opportunity or the ability to view their eggs before they hatched because they were more then 10 feet high in a tree.

I'm hoping they make it to adulthood, because several cats are on the prowl including my indoor cat Panini. She bolts for the door every time i open it because she can see and hear them from the windows.

I keeping my fingers crossed that these baby birdies make it.

Bumble Lush (A Garden Blog) said...

So cool. I've only seen robin's eggs in pictures or once as a kid when soneone brought an empty one in for show-and-tell. Have to admit I'm a bit jealous that other people have them in their yard.

I'm picturing you trying to get a shot of these with your broom and gadgets...it was worth the effort!

p.s. Thanks for your comment on my last post. I think you have excellent taste in tomatoes.

GoneferalinID said...

Great shots! I love the Robbin's egg blue. I'm going to have to look up why they are blue and chicken eggs are white and brown.

GoneferalinID said...

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Wildlife-2507/robins.htm

Emily said...

vetsy--i hope your robin babies make it! sounds like a dangerous yard for flightless little ones...i hope andy will leave the babies alone once they hatch here, he usually doesn't harm small animals but he does sometimes like to catch them and bring them to me, or herd them, which could be very stressful for a baby bird.

bumble lush--hehe yeah, i probably looked rather silly with my broom contraption, but it worked. i hope you get robins in your backyard someday. or maybe cardinals! that would be even cooler, i think.

goneferal--very interesting link, thanks for posting it. chicken eggs can be blue sometimes too. that reminded me to look up info about chicken egg color--my dad was trying to convince me that feather color determines what color eggs they lay, but i was skeptical. turns out the egg color is often (but not always) the color of their earlobes (who even knew chickens had earlobes?)