The Robin Diaries- Part 3

30 Jun
Bird Nest

Bird Nest (Photo credit: Sikachu!)

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Patricia Franklin

Well, it has been 8 days since I first saw the nest. At night, the robins are active and singing until after dark. The female will go sit on the nest and the male will be on a branch somewhere nearby. He will let her know if there is anyone or anything lurking around. Then they will call to each other – and a few neighboring robins (it seems) to say goodnight. It reminds me of the Waltons… Goodnight John Boy, Goodnight Elizabeth, Goodnight Grandpa!

We had quite a rain last night and there was little activity early today, but by noon both male and female were busily flying in and out of the nest. They do not leave it unattended. I have not been able to determine if they are just freshening it from the effects of wind and rain, or if the eggs have hatched (a little early I would think for that).

If they are like humans, the little ones come at the worst time (during a big storm). Our daughter was born around 8:00 pm on a night when there were so many babies that they put me in a linen closet, and no one found me until the shift change at 11:00. The startled nurse asked me if I was going to have a baby and I said I already did! Luckily I observed them putting bracelets on both of us, and I knew what she looked like, so we finally got together. Our son, was born on the night of a snowstorm and I just barely made it to the hospital.

Will keep an eye on the birds and let you know what comes next.

2 Responses to “The Robin Diaries- Part 3”

  1. Texanne July 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Thanks for the Robin Diaries. After a rain, the robins should have plenty to eat as the earthworms rise to the surface. Yep, one of the fiercest fights I ever saw was between a robin and an earthworm. The robin won.

    A linen closet? Man! Talk about handy! Still, it sounds like one of my mother’s stories. Like! :)TX


  2. DiVoran June 30, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I like Patricia’s, “Robin Daires,” a lot. I especially like the way she brings in the similiarities between humans and animals. There are a lot of them! God gave us the animals and the beautiful scenery and I’m so thankful. Didn’t you love the way she told about having her daughter in a linen closet? I did.


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