Nesting robins

Posted: Monday 15 April 2013
by Kate Bradbury

While the growling frogs in my mum's shallow pond have gone quiet, a pair of robins has been busy in the garden of my mother-in-law.

Robin nesting in garden shed

While the growling frogs in my mum's shallow pond have gone quiet (“and who can blame them, the pond completely froze over last week”, observed my mother), a pair of robins has been busy in the garden of my mother-in-law.

Despite the bad weather, the birds have been gathering grass, moss and dead leaves for the last fortnight, sneaking them through a gap above the shed door and constructing their nest within. The gap is too small for any marauding predators, and Chris, my mother-in-law, has vowed to steer clear from the shed until the babies have fledged; I'm not sure the robins could have found a safer place to raise a family if they tried.

Chris has been watching the birds avidly from her kitchen window, which is just a metre away from the shed. She's not sure where in the shed they are nesting, but robins are known for choosing odd places such as car engines and coat pockets. Perhaps they've built the nest in the lawn mower? Wouldn't that be a nice excuse not to mow the lawn?

At first, both robins were collecting material but now just the one flies to and from the shed with insects to feed the other one, so Chris assumes the eggs have been laid and the female is brooding them (usually up to five). The eggs are normally incubated for around two weeks before hatching, so activity should heighten around the middle of the month, with the babies fledging around a fortnight later (when Chris will expect a visit from me!)

In a good year, robins can have two or even three broods. Wouldn't it be lovely if we had some good weather for them?

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oldchippy 15/04/2013 at 20:11

Nice to have you back.The bird's have been picking up all the dog's fur for two week's now,We had a crow pick up more than was good for it as it just managed to get over the fence with a beak full,so much so it couldn't see where it was going,Oldchippy.

Dovefromabove 15/04/2013 at 20:15

A friend in North Wales has two pairs of robins nesting in adjoining disused outside loos!

 The males have been scrapping with each other a bit at the bird table, so she is setting up another feeding station to try to keep them apart and avoid bloodshed!

Does anyone else have experience of two pairs of robins nesting so close to each other?

hollie hock 15/04/2013 at 22:00

Not of nesting, but last year there were 3 differant robins in the garden

Florrie Bunda 16/04/2013 at 19:06

Was robin in garden poorly? Sitting in flowerbed with beak full of worms. As he did not move I stroked his wing, he then hopped away. Later I was going out in the car and he was on the drive, again with a beak full of worms I had to get out of the car to make him ove away.

Kate Bradbury 20/04/2013 at 13:46

Lovely to hear your spring bird-nesting stories! Not sure about your robin, Florrie bunda. But if it's got a beak full of worms it's well enough to find its own food. Perhaps it's been 'tamed' by one of your neighbours?

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