Robin’s Nest and Robin Babies Outside my Front Door

 robin and her nest

Robin family

Back in May of this year, I had the pleasure to witness a robin’s nest come to life with robin eggs and babies that grew up and later flew away.  I had only seen robin eggs and robin babies in online videos and photos up to that point.  What a surprise it was to find out that we had a robin choose our home as their home to nest their babies! 😀

The following is somewhat of a chronology of what I saw as I tried to stay inconspicuous while peering into their nest and yet wanting to take lots of videos and photos at the same time.

May 7:

We were first alerted to this when we saw some twigs and blue twine on the ground of our front porch.  We noticed a bird flying in and out of our porch and eventually noticed this little birdie’s nest!

 robin on her nest

This was the first glimpse of the mother robin as she began to lay on her eggs

 robin sitting on her nest

Fully aware that there are eyes on the back of her bird back

May 8:

At first, I was very cautious about taking any photos because I didn’t want to scare away the bird.  If she felt threatened, she might have abandoned the nest and I certainly didn’t want that to happen.  Thus, I tried to stay quiet and hidden from view as I crept on her.

 robin sitting on her nest

This robin is very self-aware of her surroundings

May 9:

As I watched day by day, she was bringing back tiny worms for the babies.  The babies had hatched!  At this point, I didn’t know how many babies there were because I hadn’t seen the eggs.

 robin mother feeding in the nest

The babies are born! She was feeding them

 robin parents in the tree

I watched as the mother and father perched in our nearby tree

May 10:

I continued to watch every day.  It was so fun!  I was distracted completely.

I was so curious about the babies and whether they had hatched or not that I actually put my phone on a selfie stick and brought it close to the nest to try to get video footage.  Unfortunately, the nest had been pushed back and my video only showed the top of the lamppost.  For a split second, I thought that the nest was gone!

 robin tending to nest

The soft underbelly of the mother robin

May 14:

On this day, I was still curious about whether the babies had been hatched yet (I wasn’t certain).  Thus, I put out a ladder and climbed on it to snap a photo (since yesterday’s selfie stick trick didn’t work).  I was really careful about doing it stealthy and as quick as possible.  I again waited for the mother robin to go out and then quickly put the ladder out.  When I took this photo, I couldn’t see what was in it at first because the nest had sunk so low into the back of the lamp.

I wasn’t even sure if the babies were alive because they weren’t moving at all and just a pile of ‘stuff’.  Of course now looking back, they were all there and probably just adjusting to the real world and hadn’t even opened their eyes yet.  You can see their beaks!

 Baby robins in the nest

Baby robins in the nest

May 15:

I was reassured that the babies were indeed alive the next day when I saw the mother robin continue to peer down at me from her nest.

 Mother robin in nest

What are you looking at?

While I was at work, my mom sent me this video and photos of the mother robin feeding the babies!  They were alive, all right! 😀  What a great shot!

Hungry baby robins

Responsible robin

May 16:

They really rose their heads up the following day for their feedings.  Look at their wide open beaks!

 Hungry baby robins

Hungry babies!

 Opened robin baby eyes

Their little beady eyes are open!

 robin nest with babies

The mom leaving to go fetch more food for her 4 babies

 robin feeding worm to babies

This was the best shot I got of a juicy big worm and a proud parent

 robin with worm in its beak

Mid-feeding

 robin parent feeding baby

Here you go…

 Parent robin and babies

“I want more!”

 dad robin next to nest

This slender robin is the dad

It was fascinating and remarkable to watch all of this to say the least!  I had a front-row view! 😀

May 17:

As a watched, the mom was back every five minutes or so to feed the babies.  It wasn’t long for me to wait as I filmed her to see her bringing food to the nest.

 Baby robins screaming from nest

Babies are getting bigger!

 Baby robins screaming from nest

“Where’s our food?!?”

 baby robins in nest

Getting to know their siblings

 baby robins in nest

Four babies

 baby robin's wings

Showing off their growing wings

May 18:

They were getting big!

 open eyes baby robins

Looked like all of their eyes were open by this point

May 20:

A lot more fur now and they look like actual birds.

 Baby robins have fur

Look at all that fur!

 Baby robins with fur

Their fur resembles their parents’ colouring too!

 Baby robins with fur

Looks almost fully grown!

 baby robin in nest

At this point, they were fully visible from the outside

May 21:

This was the last shot I got of them in the nest.

 Big baby robins

Getting really big now!

My boo was actually picking me up for our date and as he stood on the front porch, the birds were screeching at him a bit.  When I opened the front door and he walked to the door, the birds all screeched and flew out from their nest and into the trees.  It was at that point that we mistakenly chased all of the birds away and we had an empty nest.  It wasn’t on purpose, of course!  But that’s how the birds left the nest.

– – –

 Robin's blue eggs

Second nest!

Then in July, we were blessed again with a second robin nest just as we were about to dismantle the first nest!  What happened was that my mom was in the process of taking off the nest from the lamp when she inadvertently swung the contents of the nest into the plastic bag that she was holding.  To her bewilderment and surprise, there were three robin eggs in there!  We had expected an empty nest.  At the time, I remember being very confused about this finding.  It wasn’t possible that the robin eggs were left over from the first nesting and since they were so blue and well-formed, it had to be new eggs and we were just there at the right place at the right time.  I hurriedly asked my mom to put the eggs back into the nest and to leave the next alone.  It was a second live nest!  I was also confused because up until that point, I had not seen any robins flying in and out near our house like the first time.  Also, I didn’t think that robins reused nests.  This new mother robin had patched in fresh old grass above the old nest.

However, the next day, indeed, we saw the mother robin rest in the nest.  We were confirmed a second nest!

For this second nest, I didn’t pay as much attention as I did to the first one even though we would be seeing this nest come to life from the literal beginning to end.  It also appeared that this mother robin was more careless than the first one.  I thought that because this robin didn’t seem to mind that we opened and shut the front door at all — she didn’t fly away whereas the first one always did.  This mother robin seemed a little silly too because she always looked at us while we were going in and out of our house but never made any actions to fly away.  It was clear that the birds had different personalities.

Since I wasn’t paying as much attention to this second nest, the babies grew up quickly and I barely took photos (unlike the first nest).  Also, I realized that while the three babies were growing up, there appeared to be tiny mites on our front door (I had read online about baby birds having mites on them).  It was disgusting to say the least and I was fearful for my own health.  The tiny insects were bothersome and I couldn’t wait for the birds to grow up and leave the nest so that we could clean the area.  Also, this nest seemed dirtier than the first one because our front porch had much more poop on the ground than the first one (which didn’t have any at all).

Finally, after about a week after the baby birds left the nest and it was clear that they were gone, we took down the nest and cleaned our front porch and door.  Good riddance but how lucky we were to be chosen twice as robin nest homes.

I’m really glad that I got to witness a robin’s nest and their growing babies.  I wonder if a robin will choose our front door again next year? 🙂

– – –

July 14:

This young mother nesting.

 Nesting robin

Nesting robin

July 23:

I didn’t really pay that much attention to this brood.  By this point, the babies were hatched already and already growing quickly.

 robin's nest

Mother robin tending to babies

July 24:

 Baby robin in nest

Look at the big baby peeping out already!

 Baby robin in nest

Waiting for food

 Baby robin in nest crying for food

“Where’s my food!!?”

 parent robin and babies in nest

Mom is here to feed

 parent robin and babies in nest

Mother and three babies

July 27:

By this point, the mites were getting really bad and I didn’t take photos from the upper window anymore — only from afar.

 parent robin and babies in nest

Growing nest

Disgusting to think, but I think the black dots on the top of the nest were mites (>.<).

 parent robin and babies in nest

Poor photo quality

July 28:

This was the very last I saw of the baby birds — the last photo I took of them.

 baby bird peeping out of nest

Bigger baby bird

This second nest flew away shortly afterwards.  I didn’t even notice the little fledglings bounce around in the yard either.

Thank you again for sharing your growing-up journey with us! 🙂

 

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5 Responses to Robin’s Nest and Robin Babies Outside my Front Door

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  2. gchan7127 says:

    Wow! That was so cool, Karen! Thanks for sharing! I’m surprised the robins opened their mouths before their mother/father came. Haha. I would’ve waited until I saw food. LOL

    They grew so fast! O_O

    • stenoodie says:

      Glad you enjoyed this post, Grace! Happy to share about it!

      It’s a survival skill. If they have their mouth open before the parent comes, they will be the first one being fed. The parent will feed whoever already has their mouth open; they’re not going to wait or pry their child’s mouth open to feed them lol.

      Yup, another survival necessity. If they don’t grow up quickly, they risk a predator finding the nest and being eaten lol.

      🙂

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