Wild Baby Animals: The Next Generation

Wild baby animals have sprung with coming of Spring but, with all the rain, who’s been outside long enough to notice? This weekend, nice weather changed all that. Aside from pulling up 500 pounds of weeds, we found plenty of little critters growing just like them all around the property.

Robins

Wild Baby Animals: RobinLook who’s taken up residence in our Rhododendron! Four baby robins hatched so recently, only one is old enough to open his little eyes. They’re growing so fast, just ” being” exhausts them. What’s the one thing they do muster some energy for? Each time the wind blows, these little babies enthusiastically snap their big, hungry mouths open thinking their mother has landed on a nearby branch with a fat, juicy worm.

Phoebes

Wild Baby Animals:  PhoebesOur family of frequenting phoebes has called our house on Curtis Hill home for four years in a row, raising two broods each time.

This year’s first brood is the largest to date, with four healthy, happy babies just itching to fly. With plenty of fuel imported by mom and dad, these kids spend afternoons polishing and preening their tiny pin feathers, firing up their little jet engines and, flapping their wings in a test run while hanging on for dear life.

Tree Swallows

Wild Baby Animals:  SwallowDon’t tell these tree swallows they aren’t in the right house. They’ve forfeited any and all trees (as well as their first condo in the side yard) for this bluebird house in the dog yard. Yes, swallows live in close proximity to humans on purpose to keep predators away. Who knew dogs were equally beneficial?

And is that a dragonfly in your mouth or are you just happy to see me? This photo and the footage below are from last year, but the parents are back this season and sitting on a new nest.

Red Squirrels

Wild Baby Animals: Red SquirrelLast year, at this time, red squirrels were nesting in our chimney. Four sweet babies grew from tiny squeaks in the wall into full-on screaming mimis when they saw us through a crack in the mortar. Hearing them shuffling up to the roofline, I watched them test their boundaries as they attempted to descend the logs and bricks.

Watch the video below for unseen footage of Momma taking these curious babies into the forest by mouth as they wrap themselves around her neck for ease in transport.

House Cats Love Wild Baby Animals 

Wildlife preservation starts with us. Cats will be cats. To prevent senseless killings having nothing to do with sustenance, I now keep my killer cats in the house, always. Might you consider doing the same?

Comments

  1. For some unexplained reason, now I have the Circle of Life on repeat in my head… I'm picturing all of these wild mamas holding their babies up proudly for all to see, Simba style. 🙂

  2. I shot this video two days ago. Yesterday, all the baby robins looked so much stronger. All eyes are now open and very, very aware. 🙂

  3. What a great video! It's so hard to see moments like these in real life. Living in a busy urban neighbourhood with many cats, feral and otherwise, we don't get a lot of birds near our homes no matter how many bird feeders are put out. It's kind of sad. Luckily there are multiple forests nearby that allow me to at least hear them singing.

    • Glad you enjoyed the video! And it's probably best not to put bird feeders out with all those cats are around. Thank goodness for the forests!

      Come back Friday and you'll get a rare look behind the scenes babies at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island, WA. I have video from my visit there last month. 🙂

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