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Waiting for the Robins to Hatch

We have a lot of Robins in our yard. There are several other kinds of birds around also but I never see where they nest.
One Robin pair has made a nest right outside our kitchen window. There was a nest in the same spot last summer.

My husband trimmed the bush slightly so we can look through the window and see them sitting on their nest.

The eggs take about two weeks to hatch. Through the kitchen window, we will be able to see them being fed for about two weeks.

By the time they are ready to fly, they will have grown to make the nest very full!

Once they leave the nest, they look as big as their parents. But we can tell which one are the youngsters because they still squawk for their parents to feed them.

The parents do keep feeding them but I'm not sure for how long.

Watching the wildlife is one of my hobbies.

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poddys wrote on July 15, 2014, 4:51 PM

We have several families of Robins in our garden too, but the British Robin not the American one. Ours are smaller and fatter. The garden this year has been full of birds, it's been lovely.

paigea wrote on July 15, 2014, 5:44 PM

I will have to look up the difference between the British and American Robins. I thought a Robin was a Robin.

Kasman wrote on July 15, 2014, 5:58 PM

You should be able to get a few good photos for your future posts!

paigea wrote on July 15, 2014, 6:23 PM

Or I could just use last years! I hope to get pictures of this family. The mom or dad was a little perturbed when I moved the branches to take this picture though.

SLGarcia wrote on July 15, 2014, 7:06 PM

I love the picture of the nest. What a wonderful yard you have!

LoudMan wrote on July 15, 2014, 7:48 PM

Fascinating, isn't it? If I owned a window of my own, I'd watch this too. :D But, there is a birdhouse with a see-through panel offered for sale. Maybe I should get one.

paigea wrote on July 15, 2014, 7:54 PM

My parents had a bird feeder that attached to the window. It was great for close up views of the birds eating.

LoudMan wrote on July 15, 2014, 8:00 PM

I've always enjoyed the sounds of birds in the morning. It's a rare thing in this bleak area I live in. So, when I do get to hear them, it's beautiful.

Ellis wrote on July 15, 2014, 8:35 PM

Your robins are as big as our thrush....our robins are small like a sparrow...

Fractal wrote on July 15, 2014, 8:58 PM

I love the Robin. Friendly toward us humans and manipulative, they manage to persude us into thinking that they alone are King of the castle. And mostly, they succeed. :)

margielynn wrote on July 15, 2014, 11:15 PM

How neat you can look out your kitchen window and see them, take a picture when the hatch!

paigea wrote on July 15, 2014, 11:55 PM

They should hatch in about a week. I'll take pictures.

paigea wrote on July 15, 2014, 11:55 PM

This pair succeeded. They have trained me to sit elsewhere!

paigea wrote on July 15, 2014, 11:57 PM

Now I wish I could see one of those small robins.

paigea wrote on July 15, 2014, 11:58 PM

We enjoy a few different wild life; some of which are not that helpful to the garden.

paigea wrote on July 15, 2014, 11:58 PM

I love hearing them too. City people who visit close their window so they won't be woken up! I don't get it. LOL

LoudMan wrote on July 16, 2014, 1:40 AM

Me neither! The sound is amazing. I don't get to hear it enough around here.

paigea wrote on July 17, 2014, 2:21 PM

We have at least one fox hanging around here. The neighbour has cats but they don't come around much. There are a lot of hawks in this area; they stay in the fields mainly. Some of the robins will become part of the food chain. I just hope I miss the sight.

paigea wrote on July 17, 2014, 2:38 PM

That is very cute. But my husband was threatening rabbit stew in the spring when all the tulips were eaten. A herd of deer sauntering past our yard looking over what was left of the flowers saved the lives of the bunnies. LOL He had some doubt who the culprits were.

LisaSteinmetz wrote on July 18, 2014, 8:33 PM

I love seeing a nest with eggs in it, my nieces see it as a science project, lol they guess a number of days before the eggs hatch, count the days until the hatching, who ever was closest gets a prize.

paigea wrote on July 18, 2014, 8:34 PM

That is pretty fun. Who supplies the prize? My husband said one hatched today. But I'll wait before taking another picture

sergs wrote on July 27, 2014, 4:58 AM

I think having birds as pets is great. I just have a handful of cats in our house.

paigea wrote on July 27, 2014, 1:21 PM

It feels like some of the critters in our yard are pets, but really they are wild. We feed the birds in the winter, but other than that nature takes its course.

simone425 wrote on July 28, 2014, 3:33 PM

How exciting to be able to watch them outside your kitchen window! I was watching eagle and bluebird webcams on my computer.

paigea wrote on July 28, 2014, 4:04 PM

I'll have to check out those webcams too next year. It would be neat to see some different birds develop.