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May 12, 2011

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marjorie

Yay! Happy ending. This could be a children's book, you know.

ljevans

Please go back again and tell us what happens!

Susan McCarthy

I plan to!

ljevans

Susan: Good, I'll keep checking back! I'm very grateful for the news that human-stinked baby birds are not doomed just because of that. It hasn't come up very many times in my life but the stinky=abandonment concept has always been firmly lodged in my head and sometimes kept me from doing ANYthing, which is cases like this is certainly also a death sentence. I wonder if it's also true for other critters. At any rate, please do keep us posted, thanks.

Andrew Brown

That's lovely: " It's a trick that most public atheists, especially perhaps those with a genuine scientific background, are just too honest to pull off." -- also it's interesting to see what American robins look like. Or are those some Californian subspecies? In any case, they are not very like the originals http://bit.ly/mqF9bu

Andrew Brown

In fact yours look much more like bullfinches http://bit.ly/lfsSZ3

Susan McCarthy

(Andrew, sometimes you get to run an experiment that tests your assumptions and sometimes you don't. Sigh.)

Yes, that's what American robins look like. They're not much like the classic robin at all. What they are is fancy thrushes. (Whereas American blackbirds are not thrushes, unlike the Eurasian blackbird, which is.) The European robin is more of a flycatcher.

I figure the people who gave the American birds these names were really really homesick.

I was amazed when I finally got to see a European robin -- so small, so agile, so dingblasted adorable. American robins are larger, more earthbound, less flirtatious.

Susan McCarthy

Okay, as you'll see I added the update -- the birds seem to have fledged (well-used nest) in time to escape the untimely pruning of their tree, and maybe just maybe I spotted one of them today.

Fred Wickham

Susan -- Beautifully written story. I fell for that stink of humanity story when I was a kid. In fact I fell for it up to now. Thanks.

ljevans

Good job and thanks very much for sharing the experience!

Susan McCarthy

Thanks! Drop by any time.

Zhakee

I love your robin baby rescue story. It always amazes me how quickly little birds go from ugly little blobs to beautifully feathered, recognizable birds.

Susan McCarthy

I agree! It takes a constant stream of nutritious bugs to make that speedy transformation possible. Which is why nestlings are such whiners.

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