Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday morning Marcia, Jan, and Cindy picture

This isn't necessarily going to be a regular Wednesday thing, but I skipped the Saturday Sheba/Nina pictures last weekend and then everybody was all omigod what have you done with the Sheba/Nina pictures you can't do this to me, so I figured I owed y'all some animal pictures.

So, introducing Marcia, Jan and Cindy:

(L-R) Marcia, Cindy, Jan. From 20 May.

A nice robin (Turdus migratorius) couple built a nest on top of our gutter's downspout, on the northwest corner of the house, which I've taken a few pictures of, but I'm probably not going to have a lot more opportunities: Wikipedia says that chicks leave the nest two weeks after hatching, and these look pretty big already. We'll see.

(L-R) Marcia, Jan, Cindy. 23 May.

The parents (Mike and Carol, presumably) don't really approve of me taking pictures, and get really agitated when I try, but there's not much they can do to stop me. So far no actual damage has been done, though they watch Sheba and me pretty closely when we're outside.

I don't actually know that the chicks are all female; it's just funnier to call them Marcia/Jan/Cindy. For that matter, I also can't tell them apart from one another, the captions in the photos above notwithstanding. I'm mainly going according to their facial expressions and/or posture.


grumblebunny said...

Jan (in the first pic): Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Awww...super cute! It looks like it's getting pretty crowded in there; they should be leaving that nest pretty soon. Because it's still pretty early in the season, mom and dad will probably make a second family after Marcia, Jan and Cindy are gone.

We have a robin family at the top of one of our eavestroughs (had one in the same place last year, too), but it's too high up and I can't get up there to take photos. Darn.

The Sage Butterfly said...

Aww-ww! They have a full nest. It is so great you got these photos.

Paul said...

heheheh...Turdus. That really should be the grackle's designation.

CelticRose said...

Awww...cute! :)

Okay, you're forgiven for the lack of Sheba and/or Nina pics on Saturday. ;)

Lorrie said...

The Latin binomial for Canada goose is Turdus migratorius. The robin is Microturdus migratorius. Did you misplace your Peterson Field Guide?

Anonymous said...

It's my understanding that too much disturbance can cause the parents to abandon their nest. Take that into account when you're tempted to take more pictures.


Tigerdawn said...

I thought about sending you a hate email but I was too lazy. This makes up for Saturday though.

mr_subjunctive said...


No. I didn't.

Lorrie said...

Sorry about that, Mr. Subjunctive.
It was a failed attempt at humour without the use of emoticons. And Canada geese irk me.