About three weeks ago, Robbie noticed a bird's nest under our deck filled with tiny robin's eggs. This was incredibly exciting to us, mainly because we are becoming increasingly old and boring and therefore easily amused. In all seriousness though, I've always been thrilled when I've discovered bird nests with eggs and been able to watch the process of them hatching, and then so quickly growing into adults. Especially with robins. Their eggs are so beautiful, and they're known for being a symbol of the official arrival of spring, so there's something special about them to me.
Robbie has been really good at peering through the cracks to snap photos with his phone every few days since they've hatched, but a couple of days ago he really scored. He attached the wide angle Olloclip lens to his phone, propped it up close to the nest, hit record on the video, and waited. Within a few minutes, mama robin arrived with food for the babies. And he got it 'on film.' So awesome.
Of course, I had to share the video with you guys. It's only a minute long, and maybe I'm biased because I've grown somewhat attached to these little creatures, but it's amazing. I love how the mama helps one of the babies in its attempt to consume an entire worm itself. Cutest thing ever. (Note for those who are easily grossed out: The worm is long dead. And in my opinion, an old dried out worm being fed to a baby bird is in infinitely less gross than a live one.) I also love how mama robin spies the camera at the end, and as my friend Ivy put it, is all "who's the paparazzi??"
(Trouble watching video? Click here to view it on Vimeo.)
I think I'm actually going to be sad when these little guys fly away. It's been sort of a daily thrill to watch them grow. Maybe one of the females will come back and build a nest closeby when it's time for her to be a mom. Either way, it makes me happy that we have this cool little phone video to remember that one spring when those bad ass birds were born and raised at Casa de Baswell Williams. I hope you guys liked it too!