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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A little bird told me...

to be careful going in and out the front door, because a Mama Robin has built a nest about 3 feet from the door.

This was the nest at 7am on Tuesday:

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This was the nest at 4pm on Tuesday:

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And this was the nest at 8pm on Tuesday. Mama Robin sitting guard.

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When someone goes in or out of the door, the Mama Robin flies away to a nearby tree. If you're not watching, you might just walk right into her flight path. I don't understand why she leaves the nest, though. It seems like she'd sit very tight to be protective of her eggs.

A quick search told us that the robin eggs should hatch in about 2 weeks. I hope they make it. I think it would be so cool see those little baby birds.

6 comments:

varangianguard said...

I believe she leaves the nest because she hopes that predators will follow her instead of investigating what she was doing in the tree, and she feels confident she can fly from danger presented by such predators.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Her instinct may be to protect herself first, but by flying away it would seem she could then attack you from a better angle...Enough of me trying to think like a bird this a.m. Great photos, please keep us updated.

Sharon said...

How exciting. :) I hope they make it, too!

Jessica said...

Can't wait to see the little baby birdies! Every year we have a nest in the eaves of our front porch here at the office. I think they are barn swallows. Each year there is two batches of eggs. I'm not sure if it's the same mama or two different ones because the seem to flock around but it's really cool seeing how fast the grow up and leave the nest.

Beth Zimmerman said...

That is VERY cool! Love watching baby birds and their first steps towards independence!

The Durrer Family said...

Love this! The nest is beautiful!