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Featured in Amazing Canadian Wildlife and Closeups in Nature.

These robins built a nest right outside my bathroom window. I have been following their progress, and have a complicated set up for my camera consisting of a box, a black sheet, a tripod and a step ladder so that I can get pictures.

Dunrobin Ontario Canada
Hinterland Who’s Who (http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=25):

The male may visit the area where the nest will be located before the nest is built, and he may bring nesting material to his mate, but the female chooses the nest site and builds the nest. Although robins prefer to nest about 3 m above ground in spruce and maple trees, they readily adapt to a wide range of vegetation and built structures. They will even nest on the ground.

The female makes the cup-shaped nest of mud mixed with grasses or small twigs and frequently with string, scraps of cloth, and small bits of paper. She works mud into place with her feet and bill, moulds it with her body, and lines the nest with fine grass. She takes from two to six days to build the nest, making an average of 180 trips a day, with mud or grass, during the peak building period. The first clutch, or set of eggs, is laid in late April or early May. A clutch of three or four eggs is common.

The eggs are the familiar robin’s-egg blue, though white ones, rarely brown spotted, do occur. The female generally begins incubating, or warming, the eggs after the last egg is laid, and she continues incubating for an average of 12 days. She usually sits on the eggs for 40-minute periods, then stands on the rim of the nest, turns the eggs, and flies off for a break. The male frequently stands guard when he is not in the feeding area and may occasionally sit on the eggs. The nestling period lasts from 13 to 16 days.

The young weigh about 5.5 g when they hatch. Fed by both parents, they each receive an average of 35 to 40 meals a day. The parents keep the nests clean by carrying away or eating the chicks’ fecal sacs.

When they are about 13 days old, the young leave the nest, travelling up to 45 m on the first day. They may remain in the parents’ territory for three weeks and may be fed by the male while his mate is on the next clutch. The young become independent of the parents at four weeks.

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baby, robins, birds, nest, young

Comments

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 3 years ago

    Oh my this is absolutely fantastic! Wow! Amazing capture!!!

  • Thanks! They are on a ledge right outside my bathroom window.

    – Debbie Pinard

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 3 years ago

    I love this capture.

  • Thank you.

    – Debbie Pinard

  • Joy Rensch
    Joy Renschover 3 years ago

    Debbie this is soooo great. You are going to have lots of fun capturing these as they grow. :)

  • I hope so – where they are is in a darkish corner and fairly high up, so I have to use a tripod and stand on a step stool to take the pictures. Every time I go near the window the mother takes off, so I have to keep it to a minimum. There is actually one unhatched egg under all that as well!

    – Debbie Pinard

  • Kymie
    Kymieover 3 years ago

    Ohh so tiny, wonderful capture

  • Thanks. d.

    – Debbie Pinard

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 3 years ago

  • stephaniemwood
    stephaniemwoodover 3 years ago

    Aww!

  • Not the prettiest of babies….watched the mother feeding them, but the angle is wrong for pictures.

    – Debbie Pinard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature!

    – Debbie Pinard

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonabout 3 years ago

    Many congratulations on your wonderful feature.

  • Thanks you. d.

    – Debbie Pinard

  • mellychan
    mellychanabout 3 years ago

    wow – saw this in ‘closeups in nature’. congrats on your feature. it amazes me that birds survive their early days – so vulnerable and clumsy and at the will of nature. you’re lucky to witness it, even if it’s a pain in the butt to capture! kudos!

  • Their necks look like they shouldn’t be able to hold their heads up. The other day one of them had it’s head hanging out of the nest – I thought it was going to strangle itself!

    – Debbie Pinard

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