We were away for a long weekend and when we returned on May 4, we were surprised to find four American Robin eggs in the same nest as last year. We had no idea that they would reuse the nest. By May 15, all four eggs had hatched. We watched the nestlings develop but because of the problems last year, I decided not to take images of the eggs or nest so as not to disturb the parents.
By the morning of May 27, three of the nestlings had fledged and one remained in the nest. Looking at the remaining one, I just had to get some images. It left the nest shortly after I took these pictures.
On June 9, I found a robin sitting in the empty nest. The next day, the nest was occupied by a House Sparrow. I chased that off, and a robin eventually reoccupied the nest. After that, the nest got a little disheveled. On the night of June 14, I looked in the nest and saw something rectangular in it, mostly white. Couldn't tell exactly what it was. The next day, we determined it was a slice of bread. Saw the House Sparrows coming to it several times and chased them away. When I looked at the nest in the afternoon, the bread was gone. Very strange.
While we were vacationing in Texas a pair of American Robins built a nest in the Charlie Brown tree, right outside our bedroom window. The nest was completed and one egg was in the nest when we returned, but I was unable to take a picture until the following morning. The view was sometimes obscured, but we did enjoy watching the ensuing activities.
April 21, 2008 – The nest had one egg at the start of the day; two by the late afternoon. The female robin only sat on the eggs for short periods during this time.
April 22 – There were now three eggs in the nest; while the mother spent some time on the nest, she hadn't begun full-time incubation.
April 23 – American Robins generally lay four eggs, but the number can vary between three and six. The female robin waited about 24 hours after laying the last egg, then spent most of her time on the nest incubating the eggs.
May 3 – A late afternoon check of the nest showed one chick had hatched. It appeared pink and helpless, but it already had quite an appetite.
May 4 – By early morning, the second chick had hatched.
May 5 – In the late morning, the third and final chick had hatched.
The Nesting American Robin continued
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