Forsythia Wreath Robin

by Kim
(Delaware, Ohio, US)

Momma Betty

Momma Betty

Momma Betty



This spring has been interesting for my house and robins. It started with a certain robin (maybe more) consistently diving and hitting the glass in my backdoor.

They did this for a week and a half every morning and sometimes in the evening. I took video, it was so bizarre.

My back door has a magnolia tree film that covers the glass and mimics stain glass...must look like an actual magnolia tree to robins.

We thought this was strange, but who knew a robin would then take up residence in the forsythia wreath that hangs on the storm door on my front porch a few days later.

Three days after hanging the wreath, I noticed the top portion drooping. Upon inspection, I found a robin’s nest sitting on top of it.

The next morning as I came down my stairs, I saw the Momma (my son calls her Betty) through the half moon window at the top of my front door and that's when I took these pictures.

She was sitting in the nest and has been there every morning since.

No eggs yet, but were anxiously watching for them and to see this natural process unfold on my forsythia wreath! Luckily, post visitors enter the house through my garage.

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Front Door Wreath Robin Nest

by Susie
(Farmington, UT)

Robin Nest On Door Wreath

Robin Nest On Door Wreath

Two weeks ago my husband opened our front door to go out and said, "Was that always on this wreath?" while pointing to a bird's nest on top of our door wreath.

The wreath does have quite a 'natural' look to it, but no, it had never had an actual nest on top.

Later that day, we went out the side of the house to take a look from afar, and a Robin was there in the nest packing mud.

My 5 year old showed all her friends that day, and for a while we really tried to use other doors so as not to disturb the birds.

I hadn't seen much of the birds since then and thought they had given up on the nest. We've had some cooler weather and have not been as diligent about not using the front door. However, yesterday and today I've seen and heard the Robins quite a lot.

The mother has been sitting in the nest most of both days, with the male usually nearby. And they are often making lots of noise. Once when someone approached the door and the birds were gone I pulled a chair over and took a peek - 2 beautiful eggs!

Just a few months ago we cut down two ornamental cherry trees that were right in front of the garage and getting too large for the space. We had seen a bird's nest and even the babies every Spring in one of those trees every year we've lived here.

Could these Robins be the same ones, but because the trees were gone, found the next best place? We have five ornamental pear trees, a few quakies, and a very large birch in our front yard. So why would they choose the front door?

I don't want to upset their nest or put them in danger. But I'm afraid we may have too many visitors to the front door as the weather gets nicer and I'm due to have a baby in two weeks!

Should I put caution tape around and a sign pointing to another entrance? Will the birds really abandon the eggs if we use the front door too much? Any suggestions about what to do next would be appreciated.

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Robin's Nest on my Birdhouse Wreath

by Sue
(Buffalo,NY)

They built their nest on top of my birdhouse wreath!

They built their nest on top of my birdhouse wreath!

I thought some robins were building a nest nearby as I saw a lot of activity recently. I didn't see a nest but thought they had built it in a tree nearby.

Not so- they built it on top of a wreath that I had on my porch! (see the picture). There are 4 eggs that I think are about 4 days old.

What is really funny is that they built on my bird house wreath! Too funny!

This is not exactly a peaceful spot, with two dogs and three grandchildren who visit on the weekends, but so far they are ok with the location they chose for their new family!

I can't wait to see the new birds and will put out fruit for them to enjoy!

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Front Door Wreath Nesting Robin

by Kristen
(State College, PA USA)

Front door wreath nesting Robin

Front door wreath nesting Robin

One nice Spring day in late March I was coming in the hoisr through our front door and a bird darted out at me from behind the wreath. Initially I didn't consider she might be building a nest because it's a wreath on a door.

The weather got iffy again because that's how Pennsylvania is... Sunny and warm one day and the next cold and freezing rain, then warm again. During those days I entered our home from the garage. The next nice day I came through the front again and the bird flew out from the wreath again. This time so inspected the wreath and there was a full nest, as described on this site. I wasn't sure what to do. Initially there were no eggs in it.

Now we have 2 sweet little eggs in our nest and are using our garage entrance until nesting season is over. After that, I'm knocking the nest out so I can keep my wreath for future seasons. Does anyone know if these offspring survive will they look to nest where they were born?

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Wreath Over Door

by Jane Litavish
(Pennsylvania)

Crowning flory

Crowning flory

If you look at the picture closely you will see the nest on the very top of the wreath. This pair is on its second brood that we know of.

The mother is used to us going in and out of the door. She rarely even leaves but on occasion she will fly to the telephone wire and let us know her displeasure.

The little ones are now growing their feathers. There where four but one fell out or was pushed out. That was not a happy day as the mother and father screeched for a long time.

I was surprised to see the nest initially as it looks like a crown on top of the wreath I made. I posted a picture to face book and said the robins thought my wreath needed an additional ornament so they gave it a crown.

Every year the robins try to build a way on the front of our house and this year they succeeded to nest twice.

We never saw the little ones from the first time she hides them in the woods below our house. The three in there now should leave soon and I will be able to enjoy my morning coffee outside again.

I just realized the picture is sideways.

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