Beautiful and surprisingly poignant footage of a mother robin raising her babies until they leave home

When Fred Margulies saw that a Robin had built a nest in a hanging basket on his porch several years ago, he set up his camera and started taking video of the progression of the bird’s new family. It started as four eggs, and then over the following weeks, the mom and dad robins tended to their brood until the new birds were ready to go off on their own.

This is a beautifully shot montage of that month of avian family life, concluding with an unexpectedly stirring, almost sad moment that shows very literally where the phrase “empty-nester” comes from…

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