Robins are well known birds in our city. No matter where you go you will find one on a branch or trying to grab a worm…
But what do they look like at the various stages of their life?
This year, I was blessed to see some fresh robin’s eggs in a nest on my neighbour Japanese Lilac. I wish the robins had build their nest in mine but I am glad I can access it with a small ladder.
I saw mama bird building the nest over the past couple of weeks. Last week, she was still at it. Putting mud and other things. Gently building it. I thought I would wait a few days and go take a peek to see if there were some eggs. *grin* I never saw a robin’s egg before. Seen it in pictures yes but seen it in the outdoors would be simply amazing…
So this morning, I took the little ladder out of the furnace room in the basement and took it outside with my camera. I climbed carefully. Mama bird didn’t like this. She flew out in the hopes that I would follow… I kept an eye on her and heard her cries. She wasn’t happy whatsoever. Carefully, I pulled a few branches and looked in the nest. Two eggs. Beautiful robin blue eggs. I snapped a few pictures and came back down. Dominic my child who loves animals big and small wanted to see. He went up and peeked in. He quickly came back down and was very happy to have seen them. I think we were both blessed to have seen them…
Last year, as we were driving to Boston for a few days of vacation, we stopped at a campsite in New York State. In the play structure, there was a nest with baby birds in it. I wasn’t sure which kind of birds they were. After searching a bit I discovered that they were baby robins. I snapped some pictures, told the kids to be careful and not touch them.
Even my then 2 years old daughter Jasmine observed them carefully!
10 days later, we were back at the same campground for a night. We wondered what the robins looked like. So we ventured close to the play structure. One flew out. The others stayed in the nest. Juvenile robins they were already. In a matter of 10 days, they had outgrown their nest. Impressive don’t you think?
According to the Audubon Guide on Birds app, the American Robin (scientific name Turdus migratorius) can be found in Canada during the summer and is a resident of all of the USA (well almost all…. except some areas which are probably too hot for the bird). It belongs to the family of Trushes. Its colors are gray on the top and some red on the chest. The head and tail of the males are black and dull gray for the females. Younger birds will have spots on their chest.
You can find this bird in towns, gardens, open woodlands and agricultural land.
The nest will contain 3-5 blue-green eggs in a well-made cup of mud reinforced with grass and twigs, lined with softer grasses, and placed in a tree or on a ledge or windowsill (see picture on the side). Robins apparently have two broods a season. The iBirdPro app also specifies that the incubation period ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out bu the female.
America Robin is known in French as a rouge-gorge or merle d’Amérique. It feeds on wild and cultivated fruits, berries, earthworms, and insects such as beetle grubs, caterpillars, and grasshoppers.
If you feel like watching a Robin’s nest online these days, check out BirdCam.ca and keep your eyes open. You might see some baby birds soon…
- 365 Project–Day 177
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 30–His Future
- 365 Project–day 176
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 29–His Faith
- 365 Project–Day 175
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 28–His Self-Image
- One Thousand Gifts–Week 3
- 365 Project–Day 174
- The rocking chair from ‘68
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 27–His Obedience
- 365 Project–Day 173
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 26–His Deliverance
- Happy 10th birthday Alexandre!
- 365 Project–Day 172
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 25–His Repentance
- 365 Project–Day 171
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 24–His Talk
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 23–His Walk
- 365 Project–Day 170
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 22–His Emotions
- 365 Project–Day 169
- 365 Project–Day 168
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 21–His Marriage
- One Thousand Gifts–week 2
- 365 Project–Day 167
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 20–His Attitude
- Happy Father’s Day to my husband and my future fat...
- 365 Project–Day 166
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 19–His Past
- 365 Project–Day 165
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 18–His Fatherhood
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 17–His Relationships
- 365 Project–Day 164
- 365 Project–Day 163
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 16–His Priorities
- 365 Project–Day 162
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 15–His Reputation
- 365 Project–Day 161
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 14–His Integrity
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 13–His Trials
- 365 Project–Day 160
- One Thousand Gifts
- 365 Project–Day 159
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 12–His Protection
- 365 Project–Day 158
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 11–His Health
- 365 Project–Day 157
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 10–His Choices
- 365 Project–Day 156
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 9–His Purpose
- 365 Project–Day 155
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 8–His Fears
- 365 Project–Day 154
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 7–His Mind
- 13 years already and counting…
- 365 Project–Day 153
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 6–His Temptations
- 365 Project–Day 152
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 5–His Affection
- 365 Project–Day 151
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 4–His Sexuality
- Bird view on robins
- 365 Project–Day 150
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 3–His Finances
- 365 Project–Day 149
- S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 2–His Work
- 365 Project–Day 148
- S.H.M.I.L.Y. Challenge Day 1–His Wife
- ▼ June (68)
- ► 2010 (75)
- ► 2009 (38)
- ► 2008 (123)