A Fort Saskatchewan woman recently took to social media to share the tale of a local bird couple and their growing offspring.
Temporarily unable to work due to an injury, Nicole Lodwig spent some of her spare time this June and July documenting the lives of a robin family that made a home in a hanging flower pot on her front porch.
Lodwig received a resounding thumbs-up from area residents when she shared photographs of the birds on the busy Fort Sask Informed Facebook page, garnering about 200 likes on her first post about the feathered family.
“And everybody was like, ‘This is so awesome. Thank you for sharing this. That's such a cool thing to see,’" Lodwig said.
It was early June when Lodwig and her boyfriend discovered the female robin building a nest in their flower pot. Lodwig began keeping her eye on the situation, checking in regularly from a nearby bathroom window as the nest construction continued, growing excited for what would happen next.
“She's going to lay some eggs. And there's going to be some little baby birds. This is going to be the neatest thing ever," Lodwig remembered thinking.
Over a few days in mid June, the female robin laid five eggs in the front-porch nest. About then Lodwig started noticing the male robin hanging around more often. Mom didn’t seem to mind Lodwig’s presence – or the occasional smart phone photography session – but dad seemed a little less certain.
“He was a lot more aggressive,” Lodwig said. “And so he did kind of swoop at me sometimes.”
When three of the eggs eventually hatched, Lodwig shared the birth announcement on Facebook. She continued to post updates as the three babies grew, looking forward every day to seeing how much the young robins had changed, sometimes standing on a chair on her porch to grab new photos of the birds. On July 7, the fledglings left the nest for the first time, hopping around the neighbourhood as they tried to figure out flying.
Unfortunately, not all of the baby robins survived their venture into the grown-up world. Lodwig discovered the body of one of the young birds not far from her home. She suspects it attracted the attention of a neighbourhood cat.
Lodwig hasn’t seen mom or dad robin for about a week and a half now, but she thinks she spotted one of their young the other day, perched in her front tree.
In response to popular demand Lodwig took the time to make a concluding post on Fort Sask Informed, sharing a compilation of photos for the birds’ fan club.
“Instead of seeing all the negative things, it's nice every now and then just to see something that's more positive," Lodwig said of her decision to post the photos.
One commenter hinted that there may be more to come, pointing out that robins are known to have more than one batch of babies per year.