(part one here)
The Robin and the Sparrow
Said the robin to the sparrow,
“I should really like to know,
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.”
Said the sparrow to the robin,
“Friend I think that it must be,
That they have no Heavenly Father,
Such as cares for you and me.”
Day 16 (April 27th) We are starting to wonder if Mrs. Robin is only laying her eggs in the morning. We've discovered the first two eggs right around lunch time (when she seems to be away from her nest) and wonder if the same thing will happen today.
We just finished lunch and she is out getting hers, so we run out to check. Yep. Three eggs now sit in her nest.
Day 17 (April 28th) Will there be another egg today? We've read that she will lay 3-4 eggs... again, we run out and take a little peak. There are now four eggs! The days have been cool and windy and we see Mrs. Robin sitting on her nest more and more.
Day 18 (April 29th) It's so windy today and cold. As much as we want to run out and check we don't want to bother Mrs. Robin who seems to just be staying on her nest today. But the question is still there... did she lay another egg?
Day 19 and 20 (April 30th and May 1st) Our weekend is so busy we really have not had much time to think about Mrs. Robin and her eggs. The girls and I are home for a little bit by ourselves and I notice that Mrs. Robin is not at her nest so we quickly run out. The four eggs sit quietly.
Day 21 (May 2nd) Mrs. Robin seems to be getting more use to us as we've found that she no longer minds us opening and closing the back door and walking out onto the back deck.
Day 22 (May 3rd) We have learned that "both parents share the monotonous business of incubating" (from The Handbook of Nature Study). So, I guess we are seeing both Mr. and Mrs. Robin. Now becomes the challenge to see if we can tell them apart. :)
((Mr. and Mrs. Robin seem to move their eggs around))