Wednesday, August 5, 2009

What's In YOUR Head?



This stone planter sits in the ivy beside our kitchen door. We call it unceremoniously, 'the Head.' I had a plant in it that was struggling and I couldn't figure out why. Now I know it's because this robin was stomping it down while making a nest. She has three, perfect eggs. I'll be listening for chick action. You know I"ll be taking photos of them, too. It seems almost a shame that these beautiful eggs will be cracked asunder and thrown out of the nest to accommodate bald, greedy chicks. Our kitchen door has become off limits for a while. Every time we go through the door she flaps and flutters away, even at night. So, to keep her on the nest as much as possible, we'll have to go the long way around. Some say it's good luck to have a bird nesting by your doorway. Some of you will say that since she's a robin (Turdus migratorius) nesting in my head, and I'm Robin Robinson, that once again, I'm just full of myself.

12 comments:

  1. How sweet is that !! Maybe you could save the shells when
    she throws them out of the nest and make a frame or somethingy.
    bmc

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  2. Wonderful robin, Robin! Thank you for sharing.

    Kristen

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  3. Isn't it a little late in the season for these eggs not to be hatched by now? I'm not up on the birthing of robin's but I figured that they (the little ones) were hatched in the spring. What do you know about that? Whatever the facts, you have a wonderful picture here congrats. Let us know when the lil' ones arrive. jj

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  4. The North American robin is the earliest migratory bird to nest here. If they do so early enough, they may nest as many as three times. Fourteen days after being laid, the eggs hatch. Fourteen days after hatching, the youngsters fledge. So, they've got time. I'm not sure exactly when they eggs were laid but within the past few days. I'll let you know! Thanks for asking.

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  5. I think robins hatch several times in the summer. These are wonderful pictures, and I hope Mama and Papa have a healthy brood. May I recommend "Sharing a Robin's Life" by Linda Johns, published by Nimbus 1993.

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  6. Dear Robin, the nesting robin is a much cheerier tale, and will be, than the fallingsky/ceiling. I don't think I could have taken that one the dreary day it arrived. Of course, the waterworks had been left hooked up so you could work on the place. Hope the insurance was current. What a tale of woe!!! liz

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  7. Robin, that photo of the bird on the head is wonderful--the light is
    spectacular. And what a blue!

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  8. Hey pretty cool a Robins nest.. for a Robin.!

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  9. What a picture! And to think that's it right outside your door.

    Laurie

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  10. Can't wait for photos of the next chapter in Robin Robinson's Robin's Head Nest...Birth!
    HG

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  11. All the Robin's Robins lines have been used! All I can say is I await baby pictures.

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  12. Liked that Robin's Robin nest. RRRR. That egg color never ceases to
    wow me.

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