Robin Nest On Bird Feeder

by Pat
(Oklahoma, USA)

Robin incubating eggs nest is on a bird feeder

Robin incubating eggs nest is on a bird feeder

We had a Robin who built her nest this spring on the outside edge of our large wooden bird feeder.

We had always seen them in the past build in shrubs or low bushy trees, so this was a first for us..

We watched her build the nest and she even built a smaller, less organized one for the male on the other side of the feeder.

Once ready, she laid 4 eggs, sat on them until they hatched and we had the pleasure of watching her feed them and care for them for 2 weeks.

We knew they were close to leaving this past Sunday. My husband saw the mother "teaching" them how to find food yesterday.

She stayed very near the nest where the babies could see her and showed them how to peck for bugs.

Without anything in her mouth she repeatedly flew up to the nest (they had their mouths open, ready to eat) but she had nothing for them.

They were closely watching her every move.

This morning only 2 were in the nest, so we knew 2 had taken their leave. One more left mid day and the final little one was gone this afternoon.

It was a joy to watch the entire process from beginning to 'end'. May they go forth and prosper!

Enjoy your bird watching!

From Wild-Bird-Watching

Thanks Pat for your submission!

One thing I would like to expand on is your description of the female teaching the young to hunt for food.

What generally happens is, the adults begin to withhold food from the young when it's close to fledging time.

This encourages the young to fly towards the adults for food.

This is what you saw when the female was going to the nest with no food.

If the adults did not do this, the young would have no real reason to leave the nest. Hunger is a powerful incentive.

The male will actually continue to care for the young off and on for another week or two. In the meantime the female will start another nest.

Thanks for caring about our birds.

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