Still three eggs in nest

After two cold nights with temperatures below freezing, the weather returned to spring today and by the end of the day it had warmed to about 70 degrees. I don't think any of the three robins' nests I observed last year endured nights that chilly.

No more eggs have been laid in this nest since Saturday, so it seems the mama is finished and just waiting for the babies to come. I'm still wondering about the first egg laid, when the other mama was on the nest, and if it is still viable. The last time I saw her on the nest was last Thursday morning. I don't know if she was on the egg at all Thursday night, nor do I know when the second mama arrived. My first sighting of her was on Friday morning. 

The first egg is due to hatch next Wednesday, April 25. Usually all the eggs hatch within a 24 hour period. Since there were two days between the laying of the first and second eggs, it will be interesting to see how that goes.


Another rainy day of nesting

At my first peek of the nest this morning, it appeared mama robin was sleeping while keeping the eggs warm. Why not? It was still raining. Maybe the sound of the rain on the satellite dish made her sleepy.

And it probably gets boring, spending hours confined to a small space. I remember last year, seeing a mama robin yawn while sitting on her nest. I had no idea birds yawned.

Mama robin rarely left the nest today, taking only a few breaks. When the rain cleared in mid afternoon, I approached the nest with my camera. Again, she never moved or seemed the least bit concerned when I moved closer and snapped a couple photos.

Around 7 this evening, I returned to the nest while she was taking a break. There were still three eggs..same as yesterday... in the nest. I'm wondering if there will be more. Two of the three robins' nests I observed last year had four eggs in each nest. The third had five egg


Nest has three eggs

While the sun was still shining, early this morning, I checked the eggs in the nest and found there were still just the two.

The mama with the pointed beak was still in the nest. Again, she remained still and on the nest while I snapped pictures of her. Shortly after this, the rain moved in and settled in for most of the day. Each time I looked in the direction of the nest, I saw the mama sitting on it. She took only a few breaks today.

Late this afternoon, I returned to the nest while the mama was taking a break. There were three eggs in it. I'm still wondering about the viability of the first egg.

I only saw the mama off the nest twice today. She may have wanted to make sure the eggs stayed dry.


One nest, two eggs and two mamas?

This morning, while mulling over that no egg was laid in the robin's nest yesterday, I picked up my binoculars and looked toward the nest. To my surprise, there was a new mama sitting on the nest. Her pert and pointed beak looked the same as most of the robins I see in my yard.

But what had happened to the mama who sat in the nest on Wednesday and laid the first egg? The mama with the wide and crooked beak that looked so much like a fledgling from a nest last year in the same site. Had something happened to her? Was that the reason no additional egg was laid in the nest yesterday?

When I went outside to take pictures of the new mama, I was surprised that she allowed me to get close to the nest and take several photos of her. This, too, reminded me of last year's nest. The mama of that nest also allowed me to get close to the nest, even after the eggs hatched.

According to literature, robins and cardinals will sometimes share a nest. During my research, I didn't find any l…

New mama in this nest

After mild overnight temperatures and a high in the mid 70s today, it seems like spring has finally arrived. To be sure, mama robins spending cool nights in nests can appreciate these warming temperatures.

This morning, I brought out my binoculars for a few looks at the nest from a bedroom window. For the first few looks, I only saw an empty nest, except for the one egg that was laid yesterday. Finally, I caught the mama in the nest. She was turned around and looking out of the nest. Sometimes, the mamas do turn around in the nest to face outward, but other times they sit on the nest in the same position they entered, with their tail feathers extending over the entrance to the nest.

With the mama looking out of the nest this morning, I got a good look at her. This was not the same mama that built a nest here last year. But there was something familiar about her. I noticed right away that she had the same beak as one of the babies that fledged from this nest last year.

That baby had a…

The first egg is in the nest

After near freezing temperatures in the early morning hours, the sun returned today and by afternoon the warmth of the day, reached into the mid 60s. After a frigid weekend, the temperatures had remained cold on Monday and Tuesday. Still, I checked the nest both days and found nothing. 
During the chilly morning hours today, I watched the robin parents scooting about on the ground near the nesting site but didn't see either of them going into the nest.  Throughout the day I would occasionally pick up my binnoculars (left conveniently near a window in sight of the nest) and zoom into the nest but never saw the mama sitting there.
With tomorrow's temperature expected to rise into the mid 70s, I wondered if she would then start sitting on the nest and lay the first egg. When I returned home late this afternoon, I decided to take one last look at the nest for the day. Ahhh, it was there. One beautiful blue egg was in the nest. 
From my observations of three robins' nests last…

The nest is ready

As I watched this robin's nest come together, I noted the parents didn't seem to be in a great hurry to finish the nest.

Earlier in the week they began bringing nesting materials to the back enclosed part of the satellite dish and just dumped them there.

A few days later, the pile of leaves and grass were taking the form of a nest. By the weekend, the circular form had added a few inches of depth, providing sufficient space for the 3-5 eggs usually laid the by the mother robin.

Freezing temperatures returned for the weekend, and although both parents were frequently moving  about on the ground underneath the satellite dish, there was no sign of activity inside the nest.

Apparently, the mother was waiting for warmer temperatures before laying eggs.