After listening to a robin bang into my bedroom window for a month, my family was delighted when she finally made a nest in the rhododendron only four feet from the window.
With a mirror we saw her three eggs, and loved every minute of watching her and her mate tend the babies.
All three little robins made it out of the nest right on schedule. There was a crow that was watching the nest and tried to attack the fledglings as they left the nest, but the parents were very brave and successful at keeping it away, as far as I could tell. I have three small children who loved those robins.
It has only been two and a half weeks since the three baby robins left the nest, and the mother robin is back on the original nest!
While she was off today for a few hours, I peeked into the nest with my handheld mirror, and there are two new eggs.
I had not thought that she would use the same nest. She did add some new dried grass, but otherwise the nest is exactly the same one she used for her first brood.
My kids shrieked with delight when I told them, although my husband groaned . . . he had been ready for the babies to leave the nest so we could have our bedroom window open again!
So just this Easter, April 4, 2010, my husband and I were hiding eggs for the kids to hunt and find.
We have two Bradford Pear trees in our front yard, we usually place the eggs in nooks and crannies of the trees along with all over the entire front and back yard.
As I looked into one tree, I noticed feathers and at first I thought some bird lost their feathers! I started to reach and grab, but then hesitated and boy, I was glad that I did!
I walked around the tree and to my surprise I was looking face to beak at a beautiful Robin sitting in a nest.
I told my husband and kids that the tree was off limits. I grabbed the Nikon to snap some photos, the Robin flew away and I was able to take a couple of shots of the beautiful blue eggs. I am so excited that she is there.
I don't get too close and just walk in yard casually to make sure she is still there. I don't want the nest to get abandoned as I have heard that happens sometimes also. Hopefully she will not.
We have a bird feeder in the front yard and a bird bath in the back yard, so I am hoping they are happy there.
We don't use chemicals in the yard due to our kids run around a lot outside and thinks this is good for nature also.
By accident a robin family built a nest out our back deck just in the crotch of our downspout. Every day and evening we would go in and out and the robins would just stay there in their nest. They seemed to get used to us going in and out all the time.
I got the idea to build a nesting shelf like the one pictured above with a platform and sides and a roof. I then hooked this into place by an outside window and guess what the robins did. They built their nest on top of the nesting shelf I built for them.
Indeed they were still under the eave of the house so they were dry but the nesting shelf is built on an angle and they built their nest so that it would be level, so they are quite the engineers too.
I read that if you supply water (bird bath) and some fruit that they may build in the area, so that is exactly what I did. I supplied all this on my deck and sure enough after a one year layoff they came back.
It is fun watching them. I wasn't sure if she laid her eggs or not so I got my smart phone and took a picture because the top of the nest is only inch's from or eave. To my surprise there were 3 little one's inside the nest so I quickly departed and the parents seem to not mind us at all.
I have been watching the Decorah Eagles on the internet but these Robins are fun to watch especially since they are feeding them so much now. I'm beginning to wonder if one of the parents has met it's match since it seems like only one is feeding them now. Maybe I just can't tell them apart.
I have always loved birds. When I was an infant my mother would put me in front of our picture window to watch the bird feeders outside. She said I would immediately stop fussing and watch for hours.
I had the experience of bird sitting for a friend. She had two Doves that happened to have three babies while I was watching them.
However, I just had my first experience with a pair of Robins in my backyard. They built their nest next to my house in my climbing clematis of all things. My cats banished inside since I happened upon the nest!
It was amazing. I seemed to gain the trust of the parents and was allowed to sit and watch the nest of eggs when they went out for food. I was even allowed to come over and "meet" the babies when they were just hatched. No touching of course!
Today, the babies took their first flight. They went over to the bird feeders and explored the water fountain. They were hesitant, but mommy was right there and let me sit quietly to watch it all.
The cutest part was when one of the babies glided to the roof. Mommy bird made all sorts of chirping noises that I could just tell was "come down, that's too high!"
What happened next was what was great. I swear the mommy bird looked right at me, and this may sound crazy but I felt like she was saying "watch over my other baby at the bird feeder while I go rescue the one off the roof."
I know what you're thinking, she was probably just making sure I wouldn't hurt her baby while she went up there.
But after the two came back down and she deposited them both by the bird feeder, she flew over to the table I was sitting at and perched a little ways away from me for a few seconds, then flew back to her babies.
This may seem like a simple, silly, story but after may years of loving birds this was my first real experience, and it was awe inspiring.