Robin's Nest On Garage Ceiling

by Wendell and Lorraine Brenner
(Wauconda, IL USA)

Beautiful Baby Blue Robin Eggs in a Nest on the Ceiling of our Garage

Beautiful Baby Blue Robin Eggs in a Nest on the Ceiling of our Garage

Many weeks ago we noticed a bird flying in and out of our garage when we opened and/or closed the door. We weren't sure what kind it was, or why it was doing that, but it was a very curious situation.


One day I thought of looking up at the ceiling in our garage and, sure enough, there was the beginnings of a bird's nest being built right over the light/automatic opener in the middle of the ceiling.

We let things go for a week or so, but started asking around and talking about it with people. It seemed like a really cool thing to have a bird building a nest in our garage. We determined that it was a robin.

After careful consideration, however, we decided that it would be best to remove the nest before it got too far.

Our reasoning for initially removing the first nest was that we often were gone from the house for many hours at a time when the garage door would be shut. Also, at night we always kept our garage door shut so that was anywhere from 8 to 12 hours when it would again be shut.

So if the mother was able to get in and finish building the nest, and then was able to lay the eggs, she may or may not be able to get in to sit on them/incubate, and if she was . . . and they hatched, what if she couldn't get in to feed them?!

Well, we thought our dilemma was over after the difficult decision of removing the first nest, but within less than two days of infrequent times when our garage door was open, the determined mother robin had gotten in and completely built another nest and it was quite a sturdy, well made nest, too! She would not be stopped, and we didn't have the heart to remove her second nest.

Now we haven't seen the mother robin for many days, but we just climbed up a ladder and on top of the car to peer into the nest and found two pretty blue robin eggs nicely sitting inside.

Earlier today we had seen a little, killdeer bird flying in and out of our garage and we are worried that perhaps it would do harm to our baby robin eggs.

We are also very concerned that we have not seen the mother robin coming and going when we leave the garage door open for long periods of time.

Hopefully the eggs will be maintained by their mother and will hatch into baby birds and survive.

We are considering leaving the garage open just enough for the mother to fly in and out, but if other predators might also come in that might not be a good idea.

We will leave the garage door open as much as possible during daylight hours and hope for the best!

In a week or two we will update this story to let you know what happens.

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Jun 10, 2016
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Nest in garage.
by: Anonymous

About 3 weeks ago I noticed a nest in our garage up high but was worried to touch it in case there were babies. Sure enough about a week later I saw little beaks sticking out.

Last week they were small and then all of a sudden today I went in with my dogs and had 3 pretty big babies perched in random places, my dog stirred up a commotion and I got scared and ran out lol.

I was worried though, my son went back in despite me warning him to stay away until they could fly out on their own. Two flew out and the mom went after them but one couldn't fly out yet.

I got to watch the mama bird try to maybe bait it out by dangling food by the window. I went in the house and heard birds squawking, went out to see my cat by the garage window..it's been quite the job keeping them safe today.

I just went back and I think the last ones gone.

It's been interesting but I'm happy they moved on. I know nothing about birds but as a mom felt like I had to keep them safe but have enough pets and people to look after ha ha.

Once I'm sure they are all gone, window will be shut.

Apr 23, 2016
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robin in garage
by: Anonymous

I have a two story garage with windows upstairs. Two years running a robin has built and raised two hatchlings of 4 babies each year. I leave the windows open. She used the same nest.

This year they have started a nest but only made a mess of grass etc. a ft deep on the floor with very little nest construction on my skis ( could have used the old wood ones). Will the nest be successful? Keep you posted

Jun 18, 2015
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Robins Nest Owen Sound Ontario
by: Anonymous

I'm in the same boat; only the robin has built a nest on top of some electronic waste that was waiting to go to the recycling depot - there are 3 blue eggs in the nest - same dilemma as the rest of you - opening and closing the door. So I'm just going to leave them and keep an eye and make sure she's sitting on them in the evening when we close the door. What's so sad is she tried diligently to build a nest in the usual spot - over our family room windows but was not able to - left a terrific mess however.....fingers crossed that the little ones hatch and everyone goes their merry way!

Jun 14, 2015
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Birds best
by: Anonymous

The bird is a dove, that's why the father sits in the nest too sometimes. I'm afraid the heat will do them in.

Jun 13, 2015
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bird's nest on my garage door opener
by: Anonymous

The problem is, I live in Florida.. When the door is open, the mother and so m r to m 3rd the father sit on the nest. I do not believe the birds will survive in the heat when the door is closed. Any advise?

Jun 18, 2012
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we have a nest too
by: Judy

We have had a cute pair of barn swallows nesting on top of our garage door opener for the past two years and have also tried to keep the door open as mush as possible. I have even left it open just about 1.5-2 feet if we had to be gone all day and they do fly in and out. My concern though is I think that the vibration of the opener does not allow the eggs to hatch. They have not had babys in two years. Any one know if this is true?

Jun 06, 2011
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robin's nest
by: Bob - Kingston ON Canada

I have a robin's nest right on the top of our automatic garage door opener. The robin is sitting in the nest now, so assume there are active eggs. I will leave the garage open as long as possible during the day but we close it at night. Hope the robin does not get angry and that the chicks survive. We will not disturb the nest and just hope for the best

May 17, 2010
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Moved my your thoughfulness
by: Geoffrey Campbell

I was so moved as I read your story, the care and compassion you have, the world is all the better with people like you.

May 16, 2010
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Robin's Nest on Garage Ceiling
by: Karen

Please keep us updated and take a picture of the babies when they hatch!

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