Flown the Nest

by Ellen
(Rochester, New York)

Friend's nest

Friend's nest

Friend's nest Hungry baby's beak Bringing the food Feeding the babies

We discovered a Robin nest early this spring on our 2nd floor drainpipe next to our bedroom window; it was still pretty cold at night and mommy bird faithfully sat on those eggs.

I heard the male Robin sing every day and saw both coming and going once the eggs hatched. We couldn't see in at first.

Eventually we got a look after they were born with a camera taped to a piece of wood or holding a mirror when the parents were away. It was a fascinating experience.

I sang songs and whistled songs every day to the Robins and we had some non verbal communication.

Once in a while I threw out a couple blueberries and I saw a Robin pick them up. When I got a look in the nest there were 3 huge babies crowded in the nest; the next day the nest was totally empty.

I would continue to Whistle and call them and I do think the male would come sit on the roof next door briefly and look at me. Now it is September and for the past two or three weeks maybe, I hardly see any Robins hanging around.

I haven't heard the male Robin's song since maybe the end of July. And since the little red berries in my backyard disappeared I haven't seen any Robins hanging around at all.

I did see a few when I would take a walk around the block but not lately. In fact for the past week or so I have not seen any Robins, not even one.

I miss them and I do hope they return next year. We still have the nest up but will probably take it down soon if we can get at it.

Whether or not they will build another nest in the same spot is hard to say. We never had had a birds nest before that close to the house that I know of.

It was well protected from rain and perhaps other birds by large eaves on the house but I worried because it was so high up.

We never did see the Robins eggs but I put a picture in from a friend of mine who discovered a nest in bushes low to the ground in their backyard.

However I don't think those Robins made it as they were hidden but were close to the ground and a friend of mine who does gardening there told me when he looked there were eggs on the ground and not just shells.

I don't know whether the Robins on my house made it or not; I can only hope so. I still miss seeing them every day.

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May 23, 2017
YES! Two years later!!
by: Ellen

This is the third spring and we saw Robins building a nest in a bush within the fence between my house and my neighbor just across from where the drain pipe nest was in 2015 only much lower to the ground.

So my husband and I kept our eyes on the nest area & shewed away other animals like the pesky squirrels and other little birds.

Didn't see the father but over next couple weeks saw mama bird come out of nest. Then I got a quick look and to my delight, I saw saw two very blue eggs. There could be more eggs but the nest was buried in the bush and very dark space; it is amazing that mama bird could even squeeze into it.

Eventually I snapped a picture and lightened it and saw the eggs.

Yesterday I saw papa bird hanging around. I saw mama coming and going a few times- it was a sign. Today I took a peek and a little mouth opened up! I came back later and snapped a picture while mama was out hunting.

So far only one mouth showed up! I am really happy to see robins back. Could be the same ones or maybe a relative?

May 27, 2016
by: Ellen

I do think one of my Robins from last year came back to say hello. I heard something outside my window about two weeks ago and there was a robin on my drain pipe. He knew just where the nest used to be and sat there for awhile.

I did take some pictures of him. There was a partial nest on the back of my house, but pretty flimsy and I don't think any thing came of that.

There is a robins nest now in my next door neighbor house on top of a light. Looks pretty flimsy to me too but my gardener says he saw robin eggs in it. So I am sorry I don't have a new nest on my drain pipe to report.

Maybe it isn't too late? I put out some paper and mud and straw on the bush below but no bird seems to have stopped by to check it out.

May 19, 2016
Maybe they did come back to say hi?
by: Ellen

I sent a no which I can't find here but briefly some little birds (home sparrows?) came by this spring, may have built a nest over the robins nest but eventually the nest fell off the drain onto the ground. Then yesterday, I think my Robins from last year may have returned. First two on the roof next door then yesterday was on the drain and stayed there for some time. He went up to the house where the nest was and sat there then he seemed to look my direction for awhile. I took some pictures. I just felt like it had to be the same Robin from last year, but I'll never know. I put out some berries and water and mud and straw and paper and maybe they'll return again.. who knows? I can only try!

May 10, 2016
update Tuesday, May 10, 2016
by: itasara

Doesn't look like my last year's Robins will return.
Some little sparrow like birds started picking at the old Robin nest from last spring until strands of it were hanging down. Then it looked like a smaller nest was on top of the older one. These little birds were coming and going during parts of the day. . Then a few days ago, I was outside and I looked up at the drain pipe and the entire nest had fallen off the drain pipe and was behind the bushes on the ground.

I have seen a few Robins here and there in my yard, but not many. I heard one singing the other day nearby. Who knows? It is still early and maybe some adventurous Robin will see the empty drain pipe and decide to build a nest again....

Apr 29, 2016
Bird nest
by: Ellen B

Another site said they will use them year after year. I think I would leave it. I have a nest in a bush near my back door. Yesterday some workmen were doing work on the house near the bush. I hope the racket didn't disturb the birds too much.

Mar 28, 2016
Returning to nest site
by: Gene

Since nest are often gone after a winter, I remove Robin nest. Building a nest is part of the bonding process. There's no way of knowing if they'll return to the same site. Here's hoping, Gene.

Mar 28, 2016
Will they return?
by: Ellen

It's another year. A few Robins are starting to appear in the neighborhood when the temp gets warm, but it is still pretty chilly in upstate NY. "My" Robin's nest is still on my drain pipe. Some other birds have stopped by to take a stick or two out of it or to sit in it. Should I leave it up? What are the chances "my" robins will return ( or any robins for that matter) and would they prefer an empty drain pipe or would they use the old nest?

Does anyone have an answer? some websites say take old nests down and others say leave them up.

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