Umbrella Bird

by Ivy Sciandra
(New Paltz, NY)



Every spring a Robin tries to build a nest in our deck umbrella. As soon as I spot the behavior, I take the nest down and feel like a real creep.

This year, they were relentless. If I took down the twigs and sticks, they would just come back. If I closed up the umbrella, they started building on the chairs! Finally I gave up.

I now have a robin's nest on my deck. Matilda is very busy sitting on her eggs, however, I can't go outside! Luckily we have a week of rain forecast and we will be going away for the weekend. I am hoping that we have babies when we get home.

I have lots of trees in my yard and every year I accidentally come upon at least 3 or 4 nests in the spruce trees. I get all excited watching the eggs or the babies, then have my heart break when either the eggs or the babies are gone. We have lots of snakes, squirrels, foxes, etc around here.

I think Matilda's babies will have the best chance of survival in the umbrella on my deck. However I can't have this behavior continue. I really do enjoy sitting out there in the spring and summer.

Last year I stuffed balloons up there and I have also tried aluminum foil. Is there anything I can do to deter the nest building on my deck? I really do love the birds, but they don't pay rent!

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Jul 25, 2016
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Robin Repellent
by: Maggie

I put moth balls in the area I didn't want them nesting. It really repelled them.

Jul 04, 2016
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House finches in wreath
by: Anonymous

We had a family of house finches in our front door wreath. I quickly moved the wreath to a nearby window & left the light off at night. Six babies fledged by mid June. Now another nest has been built (I hosed off the nasty first one after the family left).

They are safe from predators and just get annoyed with us sitting on the porch so we stick to the back yard! It's wonderful to watch them grow! Oh! And they use bits of carpeting from our indoor bunny's cage as nest material! I shake the rugs outside! Momma bird found it! So sweet.

Jul 02, 2016
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Suggestion
by: Anonymous

Can you place a second umbrella (could be a second hand not so nice one) in a different spot where it does not bother you

Jun 29, 2016
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Bird spikes...maybe
by: Snitch

I placed bird spikes (V-shaped stiff wires) on top of the beam under my deck the entire length. Worked perfectly.

The spikes I put on top of the columns on the front porch failed. Robin built right on top of the spikes. It's actually an engineering marvel, with the spikes coming directly up through the nest.

It was built in less than 2 days. She should be reported to CYS.

May 30, 2016
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Porch-nest viewings made for a great weekend
by: Chris

We have five young ones in a nest built above a column in the corner of the front porch. I went outside to clean a window for the best view yesterday, and soon 5-8 birds of all kinds were swooping in and around.

How long until they all fly the nest? I would like to see that! Thanks.

May 30, 2016
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How Long Nesting Cycle
by: Gene

Depends on where they're at in the nesting cycle. Figure, 2 weeks incubation and 2 weeks before fledging. Probably a few days shorter.

May 30, 2016
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It happened to me
by: Jutta

I, too, have a bird nest discovered built on a rafter in my garage. So I decided to keep both the front and back entrance doors to the garage open, but the garage door itself shut.

The first couple of times, when I approached gingerly, she got up and tweeting loudly and obviously angrily and flew out.

So now I just peek around the corner and surely there she is.

Any idea how long this process takes? This has rendered my garage useless now.

May 27, 2016
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Playhouse visitors
by: Jen

My 5 year old son just found a Robins nest with 3 eggs under the roof of his play structure-at eye level! He's not too happy about having to share his play area with the new visitors! I am excited to watch the eggs hatch and chicks grow if the momma allows us to. I am nervous about not knowing if I have to stop my boys from playing on the play structure. Maybe I can put up a tarp to block half of the area off so my boys can at least still use the slide!

May 26, 2016
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Our Robins
by: D Cady

Our robins built their nest under our carport just above our back door on a large beam within arms reach. We were surprised she built the nest that close.

We watched her build her nest and lay her eggs and then we watched the 4 babies grow. We came and went as we normally did and it didn't seem to bother her at all. She even allowed me to take pictures and never put up a fuss. I even got pictures of the babies as they grew and they didn't even seem to mind too much.

We must have had the cleanest robin in the state she was always taking a bath in the bird bath we have out. We love having the bird around we make sure we put out food almost on daily basis and keep the water clean in the bird bath they seem to love it.

Now we are waiting to see if she will lay another batch of eggs because she hasn't left yet time will tell.

May 25, 2016
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Robins Nest
by: Fr Pickering Ontario

We have a robins nest right beside our front door, she built the nest in a wreath I had hanging on the wall beside the entrance. She almost gave our post-woman a heart attack as the robin flew at her. Also our neighbour was really startled when she flew at him LOL.

We can't use the front door right now so we have taken to the side door trying not to disturb her, I really feel bad if she ends up flying from her nest.

Mrs Robins has two eggs it will be interesting to see what happens when they hatch. This is the first for me.

May 17, 2016
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She's back!!!!!
by: Bonnie

Our robins made a nest last week on one of our exterior beams under our roof. The next day the female was gone and the male kept calling for her. He called for two days and then stopped calling but stayed close.

I kept watching for her too. Today a week later she is back and on the nest!!!!!! I had read you can take it down after four days and I am so glad I Did Not!

I have also read that if she is not ready to lay her eggs she will leave. I am so happy they are together and singing sweet songs now. Can't wait for babies.

May 08, 2016
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who eats bird eggs
by: Gene

Grackles, Bluejays, raccoons, opossums, snakes,crows are a few predators of young birds and the eggs.

May 07, 2016
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So sad
by: Robin

A Robin built a nest on my balcony table...in three days no less!!! She laid an egg this morning. When I looked a few minutes ago, the egg was gone. What would have done that?

May 06, 2016
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Robin Nest
by: Gene

It's best to just let it be. Robins do not use bird houses. Nesting shelves are used but it's too late for this pair. They've made up their minds.

Keep in mind, Robins generally nest in trees.

May 06, 2016
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Precarious Robin Nest Under Construction
by: Anonymous

There is a Robin beginning to build a nest (so far lots of ropy lily vines) under an overhang on top of a light fixture with a slightly peaked (you may say "domed" but it is also old, rusted, and rattles)roof and I believe it would be less precarious if it only were six inches wider and was able to lean against the side of the overhang which is only 6 inches away. I don't know if it would be a bad thing for me to just cut a small piece of plywood to fit between the two spaces or if that would throw the nests equilibrium off etc. Last year they built their nest a couple feet away and much closer to the ground, on the electric meter. I'm guessing if I moved their gathered materials not yet in the nest onto the meter they would not take the hint? I really dread looking outside in a few weeks or however long after a windy or rainy day and seeing eggs or babies on the ground. Would they move into a house if we bought one?

May 06, 2016
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Light Off
by: Gene

Light off would be best as they generate a lot of heat depending on bulb type. The birds own body temperature is all that's needed.

Thanks for caring,
Gene
www.wild-bird-watching.com

May 05, 2016
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Nest behind front porch light fixture. Should I leave light on?
by: Anonymous

Not sure what kind of bird, but nest behind front porch light. I don't mind. Should I leave light on for warmth? Or shut off for invisibility? Just now first,time saw bird in nest. Maybe ready to lay eggs? Should I leave light on is main question. Thanks ahead of time.

May 05, 2016
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Sad Robin story
by: Bonnie

Robins have been building nests in our spring wreath on the front door for the last 3 - 4 yrs. We give up using the front door until the chicks fly away. It has been a lovely tradition watching the whole process until today - I came home this afternoon and as usual drove very slowly up the driveway so I could see mother Robin sitting in the nest - but - the nest had disloghed from the wreath and the mother & her 3 baby chicks (hatched)
we're all on the porch. I was able to spy on them from inside the house looking trough the middle glass panel of the door - it doesn't look good for the chicks - so sad - what a crummy
Mothers Day for mommy Robin!
Bonnie

May 04, 2016
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Robin nest front porch light
by: Anonymous

Last year the Robins built a nest in our shrub next to the deck in our backyard. She laid three eggs and we watched the whole process until the babies fled the nest. It was a cool experience and the only problem was is delayed us from painting the deck. This year I was hoping for them to return to the same location but they had other plans.

This year's nest is on top of our light fixture right outside our front door. I removed it twice and it would reappear. After a family vote we decided to leave it and to use the side ddoor. We caught an awesome video of the robin flying to the nest with material for building it. Just waiting on the eggs to be laid. I just need to warn the mailman to proceed with caution. My neighbor has one in the same place, so I guess it is common for the birds to build there.

May 02, 2016
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Bird in the Wreath
by: Anonymous

We have a robin's nest in the flowered wreath on our front door. We have stopped using the door, walking around the house when necessary. The nest has been there almost a week, but there are no eggs. I see two robins in the yard every day. I wonder if she has decided not to use the nest.

Apr 28, 2016
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robins
by: marilyn

we have 2 robins at our courtyard in school. They build a nest on the top of the door and then take it down the next day. This has happened several times. They are hard at work every day but then they take it down?

any advice

Apr 28, 2016
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ROBINS NEST
by: Virginia RI

In RI here...never noticed anything odd on my deck grilling.....until I looked up and saw the nest nicely nested on top of the sensor light next to the deck door....safely under the overhang of the roof...Mommy had a great vision for protection of her babies,,,,so....we go out the front door to get to the backyard,,,,lounge chairs are moved ...thank goodness it's still cool here.,,the impact isn't a nusense

Apr 18, 2016
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Windows
by: Gene

Please see:
http://www.wild-bird-watching.com/Cardinals-Windows.html

Apr 18, 2016
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Robin Attacks Window
by: Bubba Oleguy

This Spring we have a new event. A Robin is trying to find a nesting site inside the house. He is attacking the kitchen window which is on the second story. He launches from a 40 foot pear tree and fails each time to get in. Our concern is the constant noise of the bird flyiing into the window all day long from dawn to dusk. Any suggestions how to change this strange behavior?

Mar 23, 2016
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Nesting on our wound up hose!
by: Anonymous

Our momma Robin built her nest on top of the hose wound around the hose reel! The reel was metal and had a front so it was good shelter.

Problem was every time we mowed the yard she attacked. Today I spotted something in the yard back by the trees and a Robin pecking around it.

It appeared to be a partially built nest so I put it in a basket and hung it snugly up in a bush hanging over the fence. Hoping she finds it because she's still running around back there looking.

Jul 13, 2015
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Panicking!
by: Anonymous

A robin has laid an egg in our driveway, no nest or anything. We believe the egg is cracked. The poor bird won't move from the egg, and we don't know what to do.

Jun 28, 2015
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Help!
by: Anonymous

I've been watching my Robin and her babies grow over the last few weeks. She had four babies growing in the nest but now only two hopping around on the ground. I'm wondering what has happened to the other two birds. Could they have flown away sooner then the other two?

Jun 25, 2015
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Sweet people
by: Anonymous

There are a bunch of awfully nice people making comments here

Jun 25, 2015
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Robins eggs on ground
by: Anonymous

We have a Robin that had laid 3 eggs in our flower bed..... Right on the ground.... No nest. Unfortunately we are now down to 1 egg. Not sure why this Robin didn't have a nest or thought the ground was a good idea! Hoping the last one hatches but am afraid that it will still be a big target even then.


Jun 22, 2015
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Securing Nest
by: Stasia

My husband found a baby robin on the ground last week, it must have just fallen out. the nest was in the fir tree about 6 feet above, so I put gloves on and placed the very lethargic baby back in the nest with the other 3 babies. It was very hot out so I didn't feel the need to warm him up.

Yesterday we had an awful rain storm and I was worried about the little babies so I checked on them after the rain. The nest was tilted on it's side and the babies were clinging to it!! I found some twine and sticks to give it support for the night.

Today I went out and it was tilting again so I put the nest in a small plastic tray and tied it to the branches so it wouldn't go anywhere!

Momma and dad both hopped around making lots of noise and watching my every move. mom had a worm in her mouth the whole time!

I quickly went back inside to watch out my window and am so glad that they eventually went back to the nest to check on their babies.

I am amazed at the weight of the nest, it was so sound and sturdy! the rain and wind were just too much for the branch it was on though.

Jun 15, 2015
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Hahaha! I can't use my porch either
by: Susan

When I see bird mothers scoping out my porch, I manage to discourage them by removing partially built nests. A couple of weeks ago I heard rustling and bumping as I sat in the kitchen, so I investigated. Nope, no nests.

Or so I thought.

One morning I started watering a wall-hanging planter and decided to investigate why my vining plants were growing oddly.

Yep, Ma Robin had torn out some of the cocoa fibers from the liner for a sparkly new nest right in the middle of the planter. She'd already laid eggs, so she was home safe.

It's really okay because we can look at each other through the kitchen window. With all the severe storms we've been having lately, I check on her a few times during the day and evening.

Jun 12, 2015
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Robin,s nest
by: Anonymous

I have a robin's nest on the porch light right outside my front door, the problem is that every time I get company or we exit this door, the birds go into attack mode, I understand they are protecting the eggs/babies, but it's nerve racking, my grandkids get attacked for no reason and I don't want that down the nest but I don't want my guests attacked when they come the the front door as well, HELP

May 19, 2015
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2 by 3's
by: J Martin

We have about eight 2 x 3's leaning up against a storage shed. They are underneath a lean to that is attached the side of the shed. I went to use some last week and noticed that someone else was already using them! Mama robin has built a nest on top of the cluster of 2 x 3's. My project is now on hold. Daddy robin can be seen foraging all around that area.

Apr 22, 2015
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insecure nest
by: Anonymous

A robin put a nest where I could see it outside my window in the pine tree. It fell during a mild storm and all the babies died. This year, the robin made a nest in the same exact spot. I want to stop a repeat of last year. I am wondering if I can reinforce the nest with wire, or somehow hang something underneath it to help catch the birds when the storms come? Anybody encountered this problem?

Apr 19, 2015
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Robins nest
by: Jamie

My current robins nest is next to a pillar on the floor boards of my front porch. I went on vacation for a week and when I got back it was there. There is currently only 2 eggs, one was there, then I checked a few days later and another one was there. It said 3 -7 but there is only 2. Waiting for the babies.

Jun 22, 2014
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robin's nest
by: Alice Janjigian

My Robin's nest is currently in my planter of white impatients on my second floor porch. Today, so far is one blue egg. Mom left her nest and has yet to return. Very exciting to watch.

Several years ago I had a finch lay 3 eggs in my planter of pink petunias.

Love it although I'm unable to sit on my porch for a while but can watch from my window.

Jun 19, 2014
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Mamma Robin 5 babies and i ride out a storm
by: ceekaye_1

A mamma robin nested in our deck umbrella this year. By the time I got around to taking it down she was already sitting on eggs.

A few days passed and the eggs hatched. It's been fun watching the babies little heads pop up and mom feeding them. Dad and Mom Robin are good parents from what we've witnessed.

But it's June and sooner or later a storm is going to come through and in the background of my mind is worry.

That umbrella is usually closed for that. Despite being buttoned up I've seen that thing topple over from the wind force in storms-past, and thus I have been increasingly nervous about storms to come our way soon. And oh boy. [It was just a couple hours ago as I type] at around 12:03am early Thursday, a storm hit us in central MD., packed with crazy lightning and thunder.

All I could think about was impending disaster with an open market umbrella on my deck with a family of Robins and days-old babies and there was nothing I could do about it.

Well, as soon as I saw the wind start shaking the umbrella I volunteered myself as tribute - I grabbed the yellow parka and headed to the base of the umbrella where I rode out the storm with them.

Two long tables surround it, but they did nothing to stop the umbrella from swaying side-to-side, sure to oscillate enough to tip over and down would come the whole family.

In a close call at the height of the storm the umbrella swayed away from me in a gust...no disaster on my watch I thought - and I held on.

I watched as lighting struck all around me, probably as afraid as mamma Robin. My next thought was just how friggin' crazy I must be...no denying the maternal instinct in me tonight!

I look up and saw the silhouette of mamma robin in the flashes of light. With every million-volt strike I thanked the universe for sending the lightning to earth at a distance.

I had zen moments when I told myself who was scared to death -I know-and it's okay and I was extremely humbled by that Mamma Robin, who was tightly situated in the nest protecting those babies.

That nest- and countless others who have been through worse- How the hell do they do it? Just as the muscles in my forearms started feeling tired, the storm began to move away.

Here I sit at 2:10 am watching the radar, hoping we are spared any more serious stormy uproars. Meanwhile I've re-enforced the umbrella at its center with bags of mulch, hoping to reduce the swaying.

Since two long tables flank the umbrella on two sides, I placed cinder blocks flush against the pole straddling the two tables...the mulch bags are wet and heavy, and I molded two of them around the concrete-filled base.

I feel good about taking that action. Yet tomorrow is another day of storms predicted. I just hope the Robins and I prevail.

Just another 7 or 10 days before the babies are old enough to leave. As lightning struck 360 degrees around me I did tell that mamma Robin that it was definitely the last time she ever would build a nest and raise a family in the umbrella on my deck.

I hope the Robins aren't so skittish of me after tonight. I imagine I can be appreciative for them and myself for making it through the storm.

I am finally feeling calm enough to get to bed, 5am will be here way too soon. I am opting to hit the office good and early so I can be back by mid-afternoon to monitor and once again volunteer as tribute if the need arises.

The things we do for wildlife, eh? Oh yeah, I'm open to suggestions and bright ideas about how to guarantee those babies become fledglings and then fly off. :)

Jun 12, 2014
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Nesting Robin...on a step ladder!
by: Anonymous

OK...yep, we got 'em! Would you believe that mommy built her nest on the next to top rung on the step ladder we left out all winter!

This ladder, leaning against our storage shed, sits in the sun, but rain has been our best friend since the snow melted.

We have a vast amount of woods and would think that the birdies would nest there, but? We are blessed with this experience, which I am enjoying tremendously.

Tried to keep a respectable distance from this, but as our gate opens right there, mere feet before this ladder/nest?

It's been a bit of a wonder that she stayed, this faithful, dear little robin. The eggs hatched three days ago and already, we can see little heads just within our vision.

Considering that the ladder rung is about eight feet in the air! and we've truly enjoyed this precious experience...Beth, in Maine, where it's June and still quite cool at night!

Apr 29, 2013
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Robin nest on axle on truck!
by: Janie

We have had a robin build a nest up in the axle on the truck (which we drive all the time). We have taken it down twice.

Any ideas on how to deter Mrs. Robin from building there? We have plenty of trees around.

Last year it built it over the deck light by the door! We did let it nest there and had three little babies (but it was messy) and every time we opened the door to go out, it scared mama robin!!

I sent a piece of foil out with my husband the last time he took the nest out of the truck axle. We'll see. Any suggestions would be greatly welcome.

We don't want her to lay eggs in it since we do use the truck all the time!!

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Porch Light Robin Nest

by Pat Richardson
(Henrico,VA USA)

Robin's Nest on Porch Light

Robin's Nest on Porch Light

A robin has built a nest on top of my daughter's front porch light. It's up too high for them to see inside the nest, but the robin is dive-bombing at everyone who goes in and out of their front door!

There's a deep red-breasted male who gets very upset when mama bird does, and he paces back and forth in the grass. He is absolutely beautiful, and he seems to be a very attentive expectant father.

Add to this my daughter's male cat who can see all of this from her picture window, and he's going berserk inside. Her boyfriend wanted to knock the nest down when they first saw it, but my daughter wouldn't let him. I laughed until I cried as she was telling me about this.

Since the above 3 paragraphs were written, the eggs have all hatched. There are four beautiful healthy baby robins in the nest now. It's still up too high to see into the nest, but she's had success using her cell phone to take pictures. My daughter is very proud of her "grandbirdies".

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May 10, 2016
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Robin's nest on porch light
by: Lisa in Lancaster

A few years ago a robin made a nest on top of our porch light fixture,and we got to watch three baby's hatch and grow. I didn't want to remove the nest after they'd all gone, and now 3 years later, we have a new momma!

At first we were worried because when we'd come in or out(it's our main door!) She'd try to fly away, but was hitting the rim of the porch roof overhang a lot, but now she's got the hang of it!

I'm always out in our yard,talking to all the birds and taking pictures, photography of nature is my favorite thing to do! Anyway, she's used to me a little now, and I think my voice is familiar to her now....she just now stayed put while I opened the door to check to see if she was there!

That's a first! She's usually gone before we're out the door!

I found this site because I was concerned about the temp going low tonight,and wondered if I should leave the light on for them for heat, but someone here said they will be plenty warm without the light...any comments,or are they safe for sure!?

May 30, 2015
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The 3 Musketeers
by: Tabitha

I had a mommy & daddy make their nest under our deck right by her pool. I could see the nest through the boards & saw 3 eggs. The mama & daddy patiently sat on the fence & watched as I looked at the eggs. 2 weeks later 3 babies were hatched. The 1st day the first baby I called Aramis, the 2nd day the other 2 hatched & I called them Porthos & Othos for the 3 Musketeers. I got pics of Aramis hatching & more pics as they grew. 18 days later, they left the nest & I got a couple of pics. Mommy & Daddy seemed to enjoy having me talk to them. It was so cool!

May 13, 2015
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Porch Light Robin's Nest - Sandston, VA
by: Gwendolyn

This year was the first time that We have had a Robin's nest on our front Porch light, since the house was built in 1996.

The Momma Robin has been very cordial with us constantly going in & out of the house constantly at all hours of the day & night, often interrupting both her nesting & feeding times.

The baby Robins hatched & made very little noise & only "dunked down" whenever the door was opened until the last week just before they flew out of the nest on their own (just after "Mother's Day" - how appropriate).

Perhaps my experiences with other types of birds (both domestic & wild) gave me some insight, but I "talk" to the birds every time that we went out the door & we watched them from the glass storm door, keeping the wooden door open, unless we left the house or went to bed.

I also put out a "Feeder" of mixed grains & suet blocks (1 with Fruit & 1 with Mixed Grains & Nuts), as well as a "Bath & Water" Bowl.

My father, who was quite good with All types of animals, both domestic & exotic (inherited from a local theme park), always taught me NOT to "act" afraid when around animals, since their sense of emotion will also be aroused. In other words, If you "Duck" or "Scream" - it puts the Animal on the "Defensive" making the animal either "hostile" or "frightened" - either of which is NOT Good & sometimes leads the animal to be aggressive to everyone that comes near it, rather than making the animal "run-away" or "avoid the situation"all together.

Animals with babies are more likely to be protective, so acting afraid may make them feel "threatened" & they react accordingly, by trying to "drive" you away.

Stay Calm, Talk Softly & Sweetly (like to a baby) & Don't make any sudden movements (like running, ducking, batting, etc.) - Most animals (especially wild ones) will try to avoid you rather than attack you, if at all possible. Best Wishes for some Peace with your Winged Neighbors.

Apr 25, 2015
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Our nest on our back porch light
by: Barbara in Chicago

About two weeks ago our friend started building her nest on our back porch light right by our back door….not a very good location for either of us. Every time we leave the house, she flies away but always comes back. She waits on a branch of the Dutch Elm in our yard. We have a dog who is oblivious to her and her nesting behavior. We are just waiting for the babies and hoping that we don't get dive bombed once the little ones are hatched.

Apr 23, 2015
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Grackle
by: Gene

Probably a good thing. Grackles eat the young of other birds. Had the Robin hatched eggs and the Grackle knowing where the nest was, the young would have been eaten.

Grackles are very good at being there right when the eggs hatch. Often feeding them to their own young.

Apr 23, 2015
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Robin'sand Grackle's
by: Anonymous

This spring we noticed a robin building a nest on top of our porch light. As we observed this activity we became very interested. Something very different began to happen.

We saw many twigs falling onto our porch floor. The nest was not yet completed. Next we saw something we never saw before. Another bird was invading the Robin's nest.

We now watched more intently! A purple Grackle was tearing the Robin's nest up. It did this each day. The Robin kept coming back and many times rebuilt the nest.

We watched this happen for several days. The Robin very patiently kept rebuilding it's nest. Finally 'my husband picked pieces of the nest and placed it back on the light trying to help the Robin.

The Grackle won the battle. The Robin gave up and went else where.

Nov 26, 2014
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robin stuck
by: Anonymous

I I came home from school one day, I was letting my dogs out on our enclosed porch only to find a robin stuck in one of the windows that broken. I tried to let it out, but it wouldn't leave, I would open the window it would look at me then hunker down, then in closed it it went a little cray cray. My mom even tried once it got dark it flew out, but it wouldn't leave our porch,then it flew into the doorway and just sat there.
"I think its trying to nest"
"I think so too,but it can't nest here."
It flew back into the window, so we left it alone.
I go out there this morning and it's sleeping and still there.
i don't know if its nesting, but its not injured, and its snowed last night I don't know what to do with it.
should I leave it?

Jun 25, 2014
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Desperate Mother
by: Molly Kiuchi

Hi, I have 2 wiener dogs and the younger one has a "strong prey drive" as the breeder said as I called her in tears!

So far she has killed 4 baby birds and two baby rabbits. The only thing I could think of was to get some reinforcements from my African Grey Parrot, Sampson.

So she doesn’t get any ideas about BIG BIRD, I stuck her ears and tail in his cage every time and he CRUNCHED!!!

Sunday, the baby was still alive and I couldn't take it anymore so I had my husband clean out the nest on the porch, the nest in three eaves and the nest in the garage.

Monday while watering Sampson’s free time bush, what did I find but a mama bird who had built a nest and laid 4 eggs in record time.

I'll download the photos and she looked me in the eye and said, HELP! sounded like cheep but I heard HELP.

I had my husband move our Patio table so they wouldn't fall on the ground but she was so exposed I dug up, with great effort my tallest plants and repotted them in a planter I could barely lift and tied the branches of her little bush around her and the little dog is tied up and under surveillance.

She can smell em but she can't see them or get to them. She’s back in her uber nest and looks quite happy about the changes. She is brave and beautiful and safe. Molly

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Horse Collar Home

by Terrell Wilson
(Gaffney, SC, USA)


Robin Nest with Young On Horse Collar



Adult Robin Feeding Young


I would never have thought that the Red Breasted Robin would make a nest on the side of my storage barn.

However, to my surprise, this spring, while walking past the building, I saw an unusual site.

I have an old horse collar hanging on the side of my storage barn, along with some other old farm tools. I had to take a second look when I saw a robin's nest square on the top of it.

I watched the nest as days passed, and took many photos of the robin and the nest itself.

I could hardly wait until I could see little heads popping up from the nest, and could watch the nesting parents presenting the young with delicious worms and bugs.

Oh, what a site to see. God has done such wonderful things!

We watched as the young grew, put on feathers and began to stretch their wings. Then they began to fly.

The young are now gone, but the nest is not empty, for the female robin has again filled the nest with those beautiful blue eggs.

We anxiously await the birthing of our next young robins.

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Robin Nest On Garden Hoe

by Kathy Iredale
(Port Angeles, WA)

Mom (or Dad) sitting on nest

Mom (or Dad) sitting on nest

My husband first found the nest. He would walk out through our gate to his pick-up and wonder why Robins were diving him.

Then one day he noticed straw hanging down from his tools that were hung on the side of his garage. He looked up and to his surprise there was a nest.

Once we knew the nest was there we tried hard not to go in the back yard. We didn't want to scare them away. That was impossible of course.

We did wait until the nest was empty whenever possible. It did seem like they got use to us coming and going as they didn't fly away as much.

Eventually my curiosity got the best of me and I had to see how many eggs were in the nest. First I just laid a ladder against the garage. Then I waited a couple days and climbed up to have a look.

My husband told me I shouldn't but if I had to to make sure I didn't touch the nest or eggs. I told him I was smart enough not to do that. There were 3 blue eggs inside.

Then we waited and waited. So afraid mom hadn't sat on the eggs enough because of us. One day I looked out our bathroom window and either mom or dad was in the nest and there was this little creature with the biggest mouth wide open.

It was the best thing ever. Once again I had to climb the ladder. This time to make sure there were 3 babies. There were.

It was so cool watching these little babies. Then we went camping for a week. Got back today and the nest is empty.

We know very little about birds. I have a bird feeder outside our living room window and I also put feed on the window ledge. It's like having an ever changing bird cage.

We also have a hummingbird feeder but that's the extent of it. Will our birds come back to use this nest again? I need to know if I have to start saving to buy my husband new tools.

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Robins In My Heart

by Grammie
(Middletown VA)

Stealing Our  Hearts

Stealing Our Hearts

Every year in the spring I get wrens that nest in a mail basket on my back porch and if that's not enough they have taken to nesting in my hanging baskets.

The grandchildren and I love to watch them and at this time I have 1 nest with 2 eggs in it.

The word must have spread because now I have a pair of robins nesting in a double heart grapevine wreath as well, the eggs have hatched, 3 out of 4 and they are such much fun to watch.

The female will nest and feed while we are on the porch but the male will always wait until we go in.

They make a mess but I place plastic behind the nest to protect the wall.

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Robin Nest Under Deck Again!

by Len Cole
(Uxbridge, ON Canada)

I was cooking Hamburgers for my wife and I on our back deck. I knew there was a Robins nest built on the under hang of the deck at our door entrance above my head.

I was coming in with both hands full, when she took off above my head.....well, the food went flying, and I broke a plate and ruined the food. ... We had a sandwich!

The Robin had three young ones, and we enjoyed watching them grow until their first flight.

After they left for a few days,I removed the nest. This was late May of 2009.

It is now July 13th and I have watched as a new nest has been built in the same spot. There are 2 new eggs!

Do they mate all summer?

If you have any info, let me know.

Thank you
Len Cole
Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada

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Nest In Fake Tree!

by Matt Bushong
(Brisbane, California, USA)

Mama Robin in the Nest

Mama Robin in the Nest

This spring we had robins build a nest in an 8 ft. tree that is in the atrium area of the front door to our house.

At first I did not even see the nest. I saw a big mess of straw below the tree, on the patio entry way. I wondered who'd made the mess.

Then I looked up and a bird suddenly flew out of the tree... just missing my head! It was a Robin. That started our entire "Robin Family Adventure."

Everyday we would see the "mom" Robin sitting in the nest as we would leave for work or taking our son to school.

We would see the male Robin sitting in a tree farther away... chattering at us if we got too close to Momma and her nest. Momma Robin was spooked the first few times we would walk by, but then got used to us.

A few weeks later there were four blue eggs in the nest. Sometime after that the four chicks hatched!

Sadly one of the tiny chicks fell out of the nest and died. The three other chicks began to grow as mom and dad brought them worms.

We left out a small plate below the tree with meal worms, red worms and small pieces of chopped fresh strawberries. They ate well! The chicks began to grow.

Sometimes the mom and dad Robin would stay away from the nest for a while. We got worried and actually hand fed the chicks several times.

Then... when we would walk by... all three chicks would open their mouths in anticipation of food. They began to outgrow the nest and began perching on its outer ledge.

Twice one of the chicks fell out and we had to put them back in the nest. One time the entire nest fell out and we had to put it back. Still... the chicks grew and endured. Mom and Dad Robin hung in there.

All three of the chicks matured enough to fly away! We still see the young Robins in the outer trees near our house from time to time.

The interesting part of this whole Robin story is... that the tree they built their nest in was a fake tree!!! It had wood and plastic branches and silk leaves! We bought it at Target for $39.95!

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Light Fixture Robins Nest

by by Linda
(Connecticut, USA)

I had two robins' nests on my house this year. One was in the front (facing south) on top of my drainpipe, and the other was on top of a light fixture on the back of the house, facing north.

I discovered the nest in the back one day when I opened my double sliding doors to go out on the deck.

I enjoy sitting out there to soak up the sunshine and read, especially in the spring before it gets too hot.

When I opened the sliding doors for the first time, I was startled by something flying from the house with a very indignant squawk.

I saw it was a robin, perched in the big maple tree in my back yard watching me, all the while continuing her very indignant screeching. Then I saw her nest.

It was perched on top of the light fixture on the back of the house, right next to the sliding back doors.

Over time, mama robin and I developed an uneasy truce. When I came out on the deck, she would fly away squawking, but once I settled down in my chaise to read, she would return to sit and incubate her eggs.

Eventually, if I moved slowly, she would stay on the nest even as I entered and exited through the sliding back doors.

Still, I often felt that mama robin didn't pick a very good place for her nest. Not only did she have to contend with my comings and goings, but because she nested on the north side, the nest was not very well protected.

There was no direct sunlight, and I was very worried about mama robin and her unhatched eggs when we had a cold spell for a couple of days and the temperature dropped into the 30's at night with a cold north wind.

The nest was not artfully built, because that wind did some damage. When I came out on the deck the next day, I saw pieces of what looked like straw or twigs hanging down from it. It was quite a mess.

Meanwhile, the nest in the front of the house was protected and had warm sunshine most of the day. It was a perfect round nest perched neatly on the drainpipe.

Nevertheless, mama robin and her chicks prevailed. Eventually I saw three hungry mouths poking up out of the nest and had a front row seat watching mama and dad taking turns guarding the nest and feeding their offspring.

Then one day, as I came out on the deck, I heard a thud. I turned to see one of the chicks out of the nest, and I was horrified to think that I had startled it and it had fallen out of the nest when I opened the sliding door.

But I soon realized that the chick had not fallen - it was ready to fly. It hopped across the deck to the back railing and flew off under the railing across the back yard to land under the arborvitae hedge.

That same day, the other two chicks also left the nest. Chick number 2 followed his sibling exactly, hopping across the deck and then flying under the railing to land under the hedge. The last chick, however, took his time.

He stood perched on top of the light fixture for a very long time. I could hear his mother in the maple tree, calling to her offspring to leave the nest.

Finally, the chick landed on the deck, but very uncertainly. He hopped, not across the deck, but sideways, and his first attempt to fly was against the cedar siding of the house which runs along one side of the deck.

He flapped his wings fruitlessly against the house, and I was afraid he'd hurt himself. But eventually he figured it out and he too followed his siblings under the railing and across the yard.

No one returned to the nest after that. But my guests sure left a mess behind, with bird poop running down the drainpipe and the side of my house under the light fixture. Even so, it was worth it to see this new life up close and personal.

Unfortunately I didn't think to take any pictures. But I've since noticed many robins in the two maple trees in my back yard, singing away, so I don't think my guests strayed very far from home.

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Some Advice Please
by: Ali

We have a robin nest on our fence door, next to the garage wall. This is the only entrance to our place so we need to use it. Actually we kept using it as the nest was being built. The robin was flying away whenever we approach but kept coming back and now she already has 2 eggs in it. Now, I rarely see her though.

My question is that if it is going to be okay for us to keep using the door when she starts incubation? I don't want her eggs to get spoiled because she gets scared and can't sit properly. but I don't know what else we can do?

Jul 21, 2015
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Don't know what to do!
by: Anonymous

I had a robin's nest up under my deck, sitting on a wooden beam. The last robin that inhabited that nest abandoned it, I'm guessing due to egg thieves stealing all her eggs.

A new robin (or maybe the same one) set up shop a few weeks back and I was excited....until I came home last night and found the nest upside down on the ground, one baby dead, one still alive and the mother lying in the mulch next to it all.

I didn't know if the mother was injured or what. Later, the mother started laying on the baby (pink nestling) in the mulch! Just as if it were her nest.

I didn't think that was a good place, long term, so I was advised by some rehabbers to try to get the nest, set it in a container with drainage and put it in the same place the baby was last.

I did this but the Robin won't lay IN the nest. She is laying next to the nest. What gives? The nest was a little destroyed but I tried to reshape it again.

Is it too messed up and she won't sit in it now and now I've put the helpless little baby in there? She seems to be feeding it and it's real hot outside so maybe it doesn't need her warmth. I'm just SO worried!!!

Jun 13, 2015
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Damm Robins
by: Anonymous

I have robins nesting on porch lights and on my garage opener. I put plastic bags in the lights, seems to help.

May 20, 2014
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Robin nesting in flower box
by: Pam Connecticut

I just filled my flower boxes last Friday. They are on the railing of a second story porch at the back of my house.

On early Sun AM I heard some scraping outside my bedroom slider and later saw some evidence of nest building.

She was very busy yesterday and by noon the nest looked complete--she made room between geraniums and verbena and nested in box right outside the bedroom slider to the porch.

I managed to water the flowers around the nest. She is there again today. Will send pictures soon.

May 20, 2013
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Bird nest at light fixture
by: Darlene

We too, have a Robins nest at our front foor light fixture! It faces north and I suppose they get shelter from the overhang at my front door.

I watched daily as the nest was built. Now I believe there may be some eggs there, as they sit often.

We too, have been startled as we leave our home thru the fromt door, and they fly off, but stay close in the nearby tree, and then return. We have chosen more often to enter our home from the side door, so we don't disturb them. We eagerly await the babies.

I also enjoy chickadees and sparrows, cardinals, bluejays, and more on my back porch, feeding.

Recently, there has been a documented eagles nest about a mile away, so we get to enjoy those as well.

As God watches over the sparrows, so he watches over us!

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4wheelin Robin

by Jennifer
(Orange, Vt)

Nest on Tire

Nest on Tire

Nest on Tire One Blue Egg

I was outside this afternoon and I noticed something different about my nephews four Wheeler. There was hay curled up on the back wheel.

I went closer to see what it was and to my surprise it was a robin's nest. Apparently this robin is into ATV cause she made it her home.

Luckily he really does not use it that much. My six year old daughter thinks this is quite cool.
I told we can not touch the nest and now she wants to learn more about our new neighbors.

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Apr 20, 2014
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hatching and leaving nest
by: Anonymous

Once the egg/eggs are layed, they hatch in 12 to 14 days. They feed and grow for another 12 to 14 days before flying off :)

May 08, 2013
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Bird's nest in wheel well
by: Anonymous

A robin has built her nest in my car's wheel well. This was her third nest. I removed the first two, but went out of town for the weekend and a large nest is now there with one beautiful blue egg.

It breaks my heart to remove it, but I do have to drive my car at some point! Although I do have another car accessible to me.

Does anyone know how long it takes from eggs to birth and flying away? Or should I just remove it now then block my tire with wire or wood, etc.

Thanks for your help!

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Stange Robin Nest Location

by Suzanne
(Hopkinsville, KY)

First for me!

First for me!

For the second year in a row, a robin has made a nest on my balcony which is totally safe and sheltered. Her eggs have always survived.

Although she picked an odd place this year, it is also safe and we leave it untouched. Both years, though, she has brought in a second female to take care of her nest, eggs and baby birds when they do hatch.

Is this a normal habit for these birds. I have never seen this before but I have very limited knowledge of the habits of birds.

This year she built her nest in a frog candle holder before I could put a candle in it.

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Jul 15, 2015
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Plenty of trees!!!
by: God's Creation

I can not figure out why a Robin has built it's nest in my porch light! It's babies are hungry and I have four beautiful sugar maple trees. Are they compromising because of the changes our planet is having?

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Robins Nest on the Ground

by Pam Nagel
(Wyndmere, North Dakota)

We have many robins build nests in our yard every year, but this is the first time I have seen one on the ground.

It is on the rock landscaping against a corner of our house. She built it really close to our walk-in garage door (where everyone enters and exits).

At first she flew away as soon as the door was opened. Now, she is a little braver and lets me walk right by her on my way to get the mail. Also, it is directly under the outlet from our basement bathroom fan. I worry that the noise scares her away!

There are (obviously) four eggs in the nest in the picture I took about ten days ago. Unfortunately, there are only three now.

Last year, a robin built her nest in our satellite dish. It was handy for viewing because it was right outside our son's bedroom window.

We kept a close eye on the eggs and then the babies--until a terrible thunderstorm drowned all of them in the nest. It was quite sad.

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May 23, 2016
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In my Satellite Dish???
by: Jackie W

We noticed a nest behind our Safellite Dish that is stuffed underneath the dish. Sometime this affects our signal. Looked out and could see a nest.

Unsure of what kind I got a ladder to take a peek. I had no intention of touching anything, but if it were empty I was going to take it down.

I got to the top and saw 2 ugly but beautiful bald baby birds. Eyes not even open yet. My guess would be they just hatched. I heard the parents going crazy and flying around and sitting I top of the the house watching me.

I never would touch them. I waited 5 days and checked again. We had bad weather in Michigan so I wanted to see if they were ok. Still alive and bigger with more hair. They are now 10 days old I am guessing. I could see a beak of one as I looked up.

The nest could just sit 2. I take one step up and scared the baby and he flew off!! Shy of 2 weeks old. I couldn't look at the next baby as the parents and friends began to swoop down and attack me, well they tried. I was scared so I got down and moved my ladder.

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Robins in a garden hose

by Lisa
(Lancaster, MA, USA )

On a Sunday afternoon in May, I was puttering about the back yard when I saw a baby rabbit hop behind our garden shed.

I followed it and was completely surprised to find a robin's nest was built in the coil of two wound garden hoses hanging from a ladder. The ladder was balanced on the top of an old dog kennel we used to use.

I walked over to see the nest and it was empty. The very next day I went back and there was one beautiful blue egg. On Tuesday there were two eggs. Wednesday, no change but on Thursday, there were four!

I checked the nest daily and it remained at four. It seemed like no time at all when I popped over to find that all four eggs had hatched and the mother was not happy with my visit!

I continued to check on the nest every other day or so for two weeks, watching the robins grow. The mother would dive bomb me and squawk her head off so I would take a quick photo and get away.

To this day, we've never had such an unusual spot chosen in our yard, and we've had several nests in the past. All of them were in my lilac bush.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Porch light robin

by S. Bryant
(Iowa)

What was all that mess on my front porch? Oh, no, some birds were building a nest right on top of my front porch light, next to my front door and just above my mail box.

This didn't seem like a good idea to me, so I cleaned up the stuff that had fallen on the porch floor. There seemed to be more nesting material on the floor than on the light, so I optimistically -- and unrealistically -- thought this wouldn't last long. Wrong!

This nest was built by a pair of very determined robins. Luckily, I didn't use my front door much, but USPS came up on the porch for daily mail delivery.

Being disturbed daily seemed like a bad idea for nesting robins, so I went out and bought a mailbox, attached it to a stand with a bungee cord, and posted a sign requesting that no one go up on my porch.

The postal carriers have been very obliging, perhaps because having the mail box out on the sidewalk saves them several steps to and from my porch. (Imagine -- we have home mail delivery!)

The robins and I have accommodated each other. There are now at least three fledglings who look like they are about ready to leave the nest.

I was looking forward to having my porch and front door back again. But then I found this website and learned that robins may have up to three broods.

I'm looking forward to having my porch back, but I know I'll miss these lovely birds (and I'm hoping they have short memories and pick another spot next summer!).

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Similar event
by: Anonymous

The very same thing happened to us but it was the light next to the back exit door from my garage to our patio. We let them stay and they fledged four babies successfully.

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