This month has been a chilly month for those momma birds incubating their eggs. As many of you know I have a Robin nesting on the roof overhang of the basement patio. She has had many hard rains, wind, 30 degree temps, and still was able to hatch two of her three eggs. She has had to stay in the nest many days most of the day, due to the cool temps to keep her babies warm. The picture shows how she is warming her little ones still on this cold morning.
The American Robin has a reputation as a reliable harbinger of spring. This year, I am sure they thought they had their calendar wrong. These temps make it difficult to raise young. Many Robins stay year around. Robin’s are usually the first welcome sign of spring. When the Red Red Robin comes Bob bobbing along, spring is sure to follow. The strong winds and storms of the past two weeks have demolished several robins nests here at Pine Ridge.. unless they are glued down with a good mud grass mixture, it makes it difficult to hang on during these storms.
Robin’s very neatly build their nests from mud and grass, and cup out the inside of the nest as they build. The inside of the nest is lined very neatly with fine grass.
Their diet consists of earthworms, insects, spiders, fruit, and berries. They are not particularly a feeder bird. Their early morning call and just before dark song are very distinctive. What a joy to get up or hear them from your bedroom window. Such a peaceful sound. I also have a Cabin Robin again this year, and she also has three eggs. I usually have several build in our shop, but I fear this year there is a Kestrel nesting in there, so they did not even check it out this time.
I have a few starlings, but not as many as usual. Unfortunately, the house sparrows are plentiful. I have had to stop putting jelly out for my Oriole right now, as the sparrows eat it as fast as I put it out.
I hope you are enjoying your spring and keep those hummingbird feeders clean and full. Until next time good birdwatching!