As I was leaving my home one day, I noticed a robin pulling out worms in the grass near the door.
As I watched her, I heard a peeping sound! I looked at our little skimpy tree and noticed a nest. However, it was over my head and I couldn't see into it.
I got my new camera and adjusted the screen so that I could hold the camera up arms length over the nest and point the lens down and the screen showed what was in the nest - two newborn baby robins! Mommy bird must have gone to get them lunch.
A few days later I decided to check again, but as I opened the door mommy robin swooped past my head so I made a hasty retreat. I waited for her to leave and took a few more photos. This time the babies had feathers!
I tried again a week later, but now mommy bird was waiting for me! As I aimed my camera, there she was - sitting on a branch and glaring at me! Can birds glare? This one did!
So I took a quick shot of her and ducked back into the hall. I looked in the nest the next day and the birds had flown their nest.
I was so excited to have these birds with me this summer! I've enjoyed watching daily! The mama bird sat with her eggs every day and night. She was such a fantastic mom!
Then, one day I noticed she wasn't there. All of a sudden, she arrived back with a giant worm in her mouth and then I saw a beak! Later that day, I saw two beaks! There were two babies!
I took pictures of the adult birds through my front door so not to disturb the robins. When mom would fly off to find food I'd hop out on the porch and snap some shots of the babies quickly and disappear back in.
The birds were able to fly about a week ago and left me. I missed watching them daily. Then, yesterday I noticed a bird in the nest again.
Would this be the same bird laying more eggs or is the mama having empty nest syndrome?
I hope she is laying eggs because I would love to see this miracle once again!
Came home from shopping to find a nest had been started in our flower box by our back door. We thought it would not develop because it was so close to the door and all the traffic and activity there.
The next day we saw the Robin working on the nest packing mud and smoothing it out with its body. The Robin flew away as we use the door to let our (4) dogs out into the yard but came back and continued when they were finished.
The first few days the Robin would not use the nest at night and we kept thinking it abandoned the nest. Days later we observed first one then two days later two blue eggs in the nest.
We are still concerned as to it's proximity to our back door but decided to let the Robin decide if it was suitable and did nothing.
We use our front door as often as possible now but still have to use the back door for the dogs and found that sometimes the Robin doesn't move from the nest. We're hoping things go well for them. More pictures available.
by Wendy Doucette
(Charlotteown, Prince Edward Island, Canada)
I thought I would enjoy my coffee on the patio Saturday afternoon(May 9th) but ended up spilling it when I opened the door and stepped out.
A Robin flew out from under our deck umbrella and not knowing what it was at first, it gave me quite a scare!
I noticed a mess of twigs and grass on the glass table and then looked up to find the beginning of nest under the umbrella!
I called my husband at work, he said, "I thought Sydney (our four year old daughter) made that mess! He hadn't looked up :)
I watched for a bit on Saturday with my camera ready but no luck. So Sunday (Mothers Day) I watched for her and figured out...if I keep the blinds down on the window (in the laundry room) and just stick the lens through I wouldn't scare her away :)
It worked. I ended up getting some photo's and video of her in the nest.
I love watching her build and I don't want to disturb the nest but does anyone know how long they stay?
Weeks or months? We would like to use our deck this summer when the warm weather hits :)
We have had, for the 2nd year, a Robin's nest perched on our outdoor speaker. Mr. & Mrs. Robin took good care of their three little ones. Actually, there were 4 eggs in the beginning. It was very enjoyable watching them each day.
Robin nests in Ornamental Pear - SF Castro 1895 Victorian
by George King
(San Francisco, CA)
While looking into certifying another tree in my garden, a large Monterrey Cypress, my wildlife observations in other trees in my yard was heightened, including the life and activity in the ornamental pear tree.
Starting back in 1999 my neighbor and I had observed a hawk nesting in the cypress tree and we were thrilled to watch the mother fly in live rats and other rodents to feed her young.
It was an amazing sight and I felt so honored that she had chosen the cypress in my garden for her nesting process.
I was told by one of the many arborists who have evaluated the tree that the birds and other wildlife see the impressive tree as an “island of safety” in the middle of a sea of an unfriendly and noisy city.
Ever since that time I have been observing many other birds and wild life in the garden, including the recent nesting of an American Robins in the pear tree.
We often see The Parrots of Telegraph Hill, Blue Jays, Sparrows, Mourning doves, Hummingbirds and American crows and Ravens just to name a few.
Then there are the raccoon families who come by almost nightly to have their typical pool party in the garden’s water feature.
They can create quite a lot of havoc in the garden, but I always say the wildlife were here first, the human race are the intruders.
This latest activity and nesting by this family of American Robins just happened in the past several weeks and sits just outside my study window, so I get a close look at the nesting process and wait for the hatching to come to life. The attached picture was taken July 21, 2017.
We are anxiously waiting to see the new newborn chicks and see how the garden I’ve created in the middle of this city continues to give a home and life to many creatures.