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artjak

I have just seen this in a potato grow bag


 I added about 4" of compost 8 days ago; went to water it just now and this is what I found

artjak

Sadly there is no bird sitting on the eggs; don't know enough about this to figure out if nest is abandoned.

artjak

The eggs are smaller than my thumb nail.

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I'd rather them than potatos.......baby birds don't make you fat..............lovely pic

KEF

Potato omelette  Soz' only kidding will be brill to see what they turn into if they hatch  maybe first time parents as a bit of a strange place to nest.

Dovefromabove

I would leave well alone Artjak - the bird may come back - the weather's been quite warm so they shouldn't have got too chilled.  How long since you noticed them?

Dovefromabove

Meant to say - they look like robin's eggs and the nest-style fits with a robin. 

artjak

Dove, I most certainly will leave well alone; spotted the nest about 5 mins before I posted. What amazes me is how fast the nest was built and filled.

artjak

There is a very imperious Robin who comes quite close to the house and peers through the windows.

KEF

Me thinks Auntie artjak will be on babysitting duties.

Dovefromabove

Sorry, didn't mean to imply that you wouldn't leave it alone Artjak    

Last spring I watched robins building a nest opposite my office window - but it was almost one minute nothing - next minute a nest full of eggs 

The robin won't start brooding the eggs until she's laid the complete clutch - usually  4 - 6 eggs, one each day laid in the early morning - when she's laid them then she'll start brooding.  At this time in the season  it's probably a second brood.  You can buy live mealworms for when the nestlings hatch - it'll really help the parents 

artjak

I can't really see myself at 5.00 a.m. dangling a worm from a pair of tweezers over a potato bag I think I'll leave it to the experts; the parents

Dovefromabove

No .............. I meant you can leave them in a plant saucer where the parents can help themselves LOL 

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artjak

Dove, I can easily get dried mealworms; should I leave them in a saucer nearbye? I have heard that robins are ground feeders mainly.

artjak

I think we are out of synch with our Q and A

Dovefromabove

Not dried ones at this time of year - the nestlings can't cope with them - you can get the live ones online http://www.mealworm.co.uk/ but I'm sure your robins will find plenty of food in your garden and thereabouts 

artjak

Good, because I am a bit squeamish about live mealworms

Salino

..how cute is that photo...fantastic... hope they'll be alright....