Monday, May 7, 2012

The Robin's Nest, Day 1 - Day 8

If you’ve ever been in the market for a home you may have heard the top 3 rules to keep in mind when buying real estate: 




But, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in some of the other features of a home and forget about these three rules.  For Mr. and Mrs. Robin who live in our backyard, they decided to pick the location of their new home apparently on the “beauty factor” rather than picking an adequate location.

You see, they decided to build their nest right in the middle of my hanging pansy basket which arguably is a very pretty place for a nest.  However, this basket hangs about 6 feet from our backdoor and we are outside a lot.  It also has absolutely no overhead protection and when you live in Nebraska there is a lot of wind, rain, and even hail and some protection would be helpful.

So, although Alexa and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Mr. and Mrs. Robin build their nest from our back windows, I think they’ll pick a new location next time.  First, because I'm quite sure they are tired of squawking at us every time we walk outside and I’m afraid their nest (and Mrs. Robin’s head) are getting quite wet with all the rain we’ve had.  

Anyway, here’s a timeline of Mr. and Mrs. Robin’s nest building and egg laying.  You can go ahead and tell me I need to get a life if you want but when you are stuck at home with nothing better to do, why not document this process and have fun and teachable moments while doing so.  

Day 1 - April 28th, 2012

Mrs. Robin started building her nest

Day 2 - April 29th, 2012

Mrs. Robin was hard at work making the nest just right

She kept busy by bringing straw, sticks, and grass to the nest

It amazed me how much she could carry at once

She just kept on bringing more and more

Feeling proud of all her work

All while Mr. Robin stood watch from a distance

Good job, Mrs. Robin.  That is a lovely nest!

Day 3 & 4 - Nothing exciting took place

Day 5 - May 2nd, 2012

Mrs. Robin laying her first egg

First Egg!

Day 6 - May 3rd, 2012
Two Eggs!

Alexa taking a peek

Day 7 - May 4th 2012
3 Eggs

Day 8 - May 5th, 2012
4 Eggs!

Mrs. Robin stopped at 4 eggs and she's protecting them like it's nobody's business.  I don't even feel like I can step foot in my backyard right now.  So, we're hoping in a couple of weeks to see some baby birds in there as long as Mr. (or Mrs.) Squirrel stays out of the way.  He (or she) has been quite interested in these eggs!

For an updated post on the Robin's Nest, click here.


  1. Love, love this post, Sara! I think it is wonderful that you have documented this very cool process. I have to admit that I was obsessed with watching a Mr. & Mrs. Robin build a nest on our front porch last week, however I never got to see any eggs because the wind kept knocking down the nest. Apparently they did not choose a very wise location either.

  2. I love this post too. Very cool!! Hope to see those baby robins soon.

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