I always seem to have a good number of Robins around the old homestead. And when I start raking leaves or cutting grass one or two brave ones are always following my steps looking for an easy morsel of food turned up by my yard activities.
Two springs ago a Robin couple set up their nursery right next to my carport and side entrance. Gave me an opportunity to try and get a few photos surrounding the blessed event.
As is typical with Robins, Mama Robin built the nest and of course incubated the eggs. Plus she had to keep her strength up by going out and fending for herself for brief periods of time. Papa showed up as soon as the eggs hatched to help feed the little ones and protect the nest. Mama Robin didn’t seem to mind me carrying out any activities which would take me near the nest from time to time but Papa Robin had no tolerance for me whatsoever. He never dove at me but would get reasonably close and give me a good verbal going-over. My verbal reassurances were never acknowledged!
I am happy to say the brood made it to adolescence and safely graduated from the nest. One day they were there…..next day gone!
This past year another Robin family moved in and built a new nest not 12 inches from the one abandoned the year before. Unfortunately only a couple of days after the babies hatched the adults disappeared, as did the brood. I fear the worst. I’m guessing perhaps a stray cat found the nest or even a Cooper’s hawk. We have several in the area that are always on the prowl.
By the way, this is a “rerun” post that I had published on a previous blog but with spring just around the corner, I was reminded of it and it makes me hopeful that I will be able to enjoy another feathered family or two setting up a homestead soon.