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Protecting a Robin’s Nest

Published June 21, 2013 by proxycore

Hello fishies and non-fishies~

So as some of you might know, there’s a rain induced flood currently where I live. It seemed to have come out of nowhere on Monday and it is progressively getting worse. The flood spreads across Calgary, Canmore, Black Diamond and other areas surrounding it. Evacuation orders have been made and people have been stocking up on food and water. Those who have been evicted in Calgary have been told to prepare for up to 72 hours evacuation. It looks like the flood this year will be worse than the one that happened in 2005. Luckily for me, I live in an area that is on higher ground and the river I am closest to is in a creek, I the chances are that I won’t be experiencing any flooding nearby.

There is a completely different story in Canmore though, the number 1 highway has been completely destroyed and homes are on the verge of being washed away. More can be seen in this link. There has also been two lives lost in High River and one missing person. My prayers go out for her safe return if possible.

Needless to say, the flooding as been rather extreme. Calgarians are working together to provide safe houses for people who were forced out of their homes and without a place to. The Saddledome in Stampede park is currently flooded up to the 10th row of seats and downtown Calgary is completely cut off in terms of transportation. It is almost like an apocalypse of some sort. People are buying out the bottled water at supermarkets, the waters are washing away homes and completely submerging areas, power outages are occurring and the streets are deserted in the core of the city.

Story time: When I first moved into the house that I’m currently living in, me and my family noticed a little nest underneath my balcony. It turned out to be a home to what would be a family of Robins. The egged hatched and I remember hearing the chicks peeping just a few days prior to the storm. Unfortunately, when we checked on the birds the next day, we saw that the nest was soaked and both the parents had flown off presumably to find some dry shelter. We were worried that because of the weather, the birds had given up and abandoned the nest. I wasn’t able to hear any peeping anymore and I could see the two chick’s motionless bodies from between the cracks of my balcony.

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We were very concerned that the chicks had died of hypothermia and that the parents weren’t coming back. But after a couple hours of frantically searching the internet for methods to deal with an abandoned nest with possibly dead babies inside, the mother robin came back. It was quite sad, she roosted for 9 hrs straight and flew off. She waited at my back fence for a bit next to what I assumed was the father bird before heading off. I checked on the chicks again and they still seemed motionless. We were very worried that they may have truly given up.

Just in case however, me and my brother decided to cover the area above the nest with a cardboard box wrapped in a plastic bag. We placed a stone on top of it to prevent the winds from blowing away. We hoped that this would prevent the birds from getting too wet and protect them in the future, in the case that the mother and father returned.

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To our relief….the parents returned! They roosted the chicks more and the father bird brought back food for the young. Me and my brother watched them from the safety of our basement and we could see a visible dry spot around the nest from our cardboard cover. When we changed the cover today,we were able to see the chicks moving from on top of the balcony. Their feathers have grown and they are starting to get bigger at quite a surprising rate. I wish I could take a photo but the crack between the boards was too small for the camera to be able to capture anything. We can hear them peeping occasionally again now when we go out.

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I apologize for the picture quality, I didn’t want to go too close and scare the bird away.

I am excited to see the chicks grow up and leave the nest. According to wikipedia, the chicks will leave two weeks after they hatch. They will then continue to follow their parents around begging for food for another two weeks before going off on their own. Hopefully I will be able to find better photos of the robins and keep everyone posted.

To the Robin families everywhere and everyone living in Southern Alberta: Keep dry and safe! We will get through this.

The Mayor warns that the worst is yet to come, so we will brace ourselves.

Until next time, Jellyfish out~

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