HerbDoc plays host to a robin family!
It was only a common robin (Turdus migratorius) that built her nest in my clematis trellis, but I learned so much about bird behavior from her. About five weeks ago, I noticed a pair on robins flying under my deck and from an upstairs window, finally spotted the 5 inch round nest taking shape.
Patiently they added twigs, paper, feathers and coarse grass to their nest, lining the outside with mud and the inside with soft grass clippings.
About four weeks ago she laid three blue eggs which took 10 days to hatch. The nestlings were naked and blind and received constant care from their mother. I watched as she fed them soft caterpillars, grubs and worms.
When it was very hot, she would take a trip to the bird bath in my herb garden and submerge herself in the cooling water for several minutes.
Then she would return to the nest, sitting on top of the trellis with her nest a few inches below and spread her wings. Amazing! She was shading and cooling the tiny nestlings from the intense sun and summer heat.
They have developed quickly and are now covered with feathers and are almost as large as their mother. They’re pretty crammed into that little space, and movement has to be restricted or a sibling might fall out. Their mother only visits to feed them and spend the night. She’s not ever far away, however, as she swoops and chases any bird or animal in the vicinity that she feels is a threat.
I understand it only takes two weeks from hatch for them to be able to fly and leave the nest. Even though my clematis has suffered from the constant comings and goings of Mom Robin, I will miss watching this little family group.