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The first ever confirmed baby American robin born in Alabama during the month of November, successfully left its nest on December 8th.
The day after Thanksgiving 2019, Bham Now reported on the discovery of a nest of American robins on the campus of UAB, by birding expert Greg Harber.
Described as a “Thanksgiving miracle,” the latest confirmed sighting of robins nesting in Alabama was previously on September 2nd, according to Greg Jackson, the keeper of Alabama bird records in the state.
The robins nest on the UAB campus was home to a mom, dad and three nestlings who were found on Thanksgiving Day – November 28th.
Supporting the Robins
Over the past week and a half, Harber, who is also an Alabama Audubon volunteer and member, kept a watchful eye on the nest and provided daily mealworms for the family.
Unfortunately, two of the three baby robins passed away early last week. A brief cold snap on Monday most likely weaken them.
Despite that setback, the mom and dad robins continued to work very hard to keep the one robin alive and fed.
Leave the Nest Day – December 8th
On Sunday, December 8th, the baby robin, which has named “Blaze” by Harber fledged… left the nest. Here is how Harber described the momentous occasion on his Facebook post:
12-8-19, UAB American Robins update. Ladies and gentlemen, the day for which we have all been waiting has arrived. I present to you: Junior! Given that Junior is really a trailblazer (latest documented nesting in Alabama for American Robins – previous late date was September 2) and that Junior was hatched on UAB’s campus, I proposed we dub him/her Blaze!
I was busy at church this morning and could not get to the courtyard until 1:00 p.m., at which time I did not see anything at the nest, so Junior was either nestled in tight or had fledged.
No matter, I went to the tray to replenish the supply of mealworms and turned to my right when I was done – and there was Blaze, not ten feet away….
Suffice it to say the Blaze is quite active and is capable of navigating the steps with ease and can even take short flights of 2-3 feet. Mom and dad are both tending to Blaze, and so long as he/she stays in the courtyard area for the next few days life will be relatively good. I still have a supply of mealworms and will continue with those until they are depleted.
Congratulations little one, we’re all pulling for you!
About Two Weeks More of Learning
According to Harber, for the next two weeks Blaze will get stronger and learn to fly. He/she will then join a local flock and hang around Birmingham for the winter (he’ll also be joined by wintering robins from the north).
A Trailblazer in Our Midst
Welcome to the world Blaze! And well done mom and dad robins!
All three are natural history record setters.