Hanging Basket Robin Nest

by Jennifer Strano
(Lake Grove, New York USA)



No sooner had I brought home and hung the fuschia basket did Mrs Robin begin construction.

I went to water the plant 36 hours after I placed on the porch while talking on the phone, and was surprised by her startled chirp.

She had already begun the first layer and worked fast over the next few days. The porch faces WSW, and is near the weeping cherry tree planted in the corner bed(I live in Suffolk County Long Island).

She has often perched on the top branches to broadcast her irritation with me or other interloper.

In my ignorance I thought she'd abandoned the nest after she finished because she didn't return for nearly 3 days.

The plant was suffering so I removed the nest, put it in a plastic bag and even let my 7 yr old bring it in for show and tell!!

Next morning, I went to water and pinch the dead flowers, and was shocked to see one blue egg sitting in the naked dirt. I felt like crap!

I quickly returned the nest to the basket, laying the egg carefully back in it. I hoped for the best.

Over Mother's Day weekend she laid 3 more eggs! The whole family celebrated.

I cancelled play dates for fear of further disturbing her, forbade my children from running up and down on the porch, and have checked on her through the window every hour, waiting until the moment arrives.

She hardly ever leaves the nest except to eat or defend her territory, which includes the neighbor's front yard across the street.

My children all scrunched down on the sofa (7, 4, & 2 1/2) with me and watched her tend to her nest, lifting up "skirt" to check her eggs, and settling back down over them all fluffed up, ever watchful.

I figure they should hatch by the end of this week(5/22)or the beginning of next. I will post pictures!

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Hanging Plant Robin Nest

by Melinda
(Conway, AR)

3 out, 1 to go!

3 out, 1 to go!

This is the 4th nest laid by Robin's in my hanging plant. The first nest built was done so during a very stormy season.

The wind blew the plant so hard the nest became loose and the eggs fell out. Two other nests followed, but the birds weren't too excited about my front door opening and closing so much so they left without laying eggs.

These babies hatched about 5 days ago. I have loved watching them get bigger. The adult Robin doesn't stay on the nest much anymore and it makes me nervous that they will be abandoned.

They are very cute.

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Hanging Plant Robin's Nest...Part 2

by Melinda
(Conway, AR, USA)

Little Baby Robin

Little Baby Robin

Here is a close up of one of the babies. So cute. They raise up and hang their little heads over. The mom is still returning and seeing to them. I had worried at one time she had abandoned them.

Today, I watched her feed them. It really is fascinating to me. I can leave my front door open and the nest is there right outside the screen door so I can just sit and watch. Granted, the poor plant is dying but it is worth it to watch these little birds grow. I am hoping when she gets ready to teach them to fly, they won't fall out on my concrete porch and get hurt. Any suggestions on how to prevent this?

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Hanging Begonia Plant

by Richard
(Montrose, New York)

We had hung a begonia plant out on our deck and everyday noticed that petals were suspiciously falling off along with some stems. My wife also noticed a bird flying away every time she opened the door to the patio.

One day, my wife stood up on a deck chair and noticed a nest in the begonia plant with two blue eggs. We also heard a rather irritated bird chirping (rather yelling) out in the woods and figured that the bird was upset we were near her nest.

To make a long story short, upon further observation we noticed that there were 3 eggs in the nest and tried not to upset the mother robin whenever we were around but rather enjoyed her company through the window of our closed door.

After reading this site, we suspect that the eggs will hatch any day now since we first noticed the nest approximately 10 days ago. We have also named the robin, Becky, (sort of a nickname since she lives in a begonia plant!) and will keep you updated when we hear "little chirps."

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May 21, 2013
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Nest in Begonia Plant
by: Anonymous

Did you receive any answers to your question as I also have a nest in my begonia and have been hestitant to water the plant?

Jun 22, 2011
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Question...........
by: Brenda

I have a hanging begonia that my daughter gave me for mothers day this year and soon thereafter noticed birds hanging around the plant. Soon after discovered a nest and several days ago noticed babies in the nest. Do I water the plant the same as usual? The babies are singing as I type this. I've been very careful to water the plant off to the side of the nest as to not disturb in any way the mommy or babies. Not knowing anything about birds I hate the idea of disturbing mommy or babies in any way or the idea of mommy abandoning the babies because of anything I do. Any suggestions would be helpful. I'm located in Eden Prarie Mn.

Jul 06, 2010
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Hanging petunia plant in Minnesota
by: Rita

Yesterday noticed my visitor robin sitting in my hanging white petunia plant. Five days ago I first noticed a disturbance when I checked the plant with a moisture meter. A robin on a branch very close to my front door really put up a fuss, seemed he/she was angry with me and was calling for reinforcements, as several other birds came around, including finches and at least one cardinal, all joining in the cacophony.
As the days went by, I assured my visitor on the tree branch that I was a friend, and he/she piped down the rhetoric after a few minutes. But today a neighbor suggested I check the plant to see if it contained a nest, which I did, and was happy and surprised to find three beautiful blue eggs. We wondered if the male or female sat on the eggs, but these comments from others solved that problem, it has to be the mother bird. Now I will just watch and wait for the next chapter. Luckily, here in New Brighton, MN, we've had lots of rain lately. I won't have to bother the nest.

Jul 22, 2009
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One Tough Little Bird
by: Sheree

Same thing on my front porch. A wren has nested in my hanging begonias. We try to delicately water the plant off to the side. But today, she dived out of the plant and swished between my daughter and me. She chirps and squawks. I have not been able to get close enough to see the eggs. I don't think there are babies yet, because I only hear the mother bird.

Jul 17, 2009
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Becky in the begonia
by: Bonnie

Oh how adorable! It's amazing where they'll decide to put a nest.

We had Carolina wrens that nested under our carport for the first time, and we took to using the front door rather than the kitchen door entrance, to leave them in peace as much as possible. I got to see at least one of the fledglings being lured away from the nest by Mama Wren.

Please do keep us updated on Becky & her brood.

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Flower planter surprise

by LouAnn
(Commerce twp Michigan)

My flowers were dying and discovered this surprise.

My flowers were dying and discovered this surprise.

My flowers were dying and discovered this surprise. Weeks later After they leave

My hanging basket was looking bad and I had my husband take it down to see the problem. Later on we met the mama. I called her Lucy. The nest was located up by the only door we use and she would fly out when we would come and go except for one time.

It was during a horrible storm. Lucy hunkered down and stayed put. We met the babies and now as of this morning the last one flew out of the nest and is in our back yard.

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