Jun 29 2009
Last week I discovered an American robin nest outside my study window.
As I sit here and type, Mother Robin is making food deliveries to her tiny babies who are slightly older than the chicks pictured here. This is probably her second brood this season. If her first nest was very early or if it failed, this could be her third.
Now she pauses to brood her babies. As she sits on the nest she makes a high-pitched “eeeeeeeeep” sound. It’s a sound I wouldn’t associate with robins if I hadn’t seen one making it. Is she calling her mate?
Her chicks are silent, a good defense against predators at this age. Even so, Mother Robin is wary. My cat sits at the window as I blog and the robin is alert to Emmy’s pointy ears. I don’t think Emmy’s noticed the robin’s nest because it’s far away and hidden by leaves. (I use binoculars to see the babies.) My cat is much more absorbed by the house sparrows sitting on the wire shouting at her.
I hope all goes well for this robin family. There are crows, grackles and blue jays on my street who would love to raid her nest. Good luck, babies.
(photo by Chuck Tague)