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Bird must be wondering

What happened here?! This vacant well-built nest was found on the grassy part of the sidewalk. We immediately checked for new eggs or baby birds. Nothing. Probably got knocked down by the wind or a small animal.

“You’ll have a lot more respect for a bird after you try making a nest.” ~ Cynthia Lewis

Well constructed and cozy. Birds are amazing builders!!

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  1. Hmm – you’re right, something’s gone awry here Esther. I have a Robin who insists on building a nest every year in the “elbow” of my colonial lamp fixture near the front door. I would tear it down as I can’t open the door without pieces of nest, splats of mud or worse … falling on my head. I can take it down and within 24 hours it is back, full formed again. It is pretty amazing how perfect it is.

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    1. Oh yikes! That robin sure built a nest in an inconvenient spot for you. They are persistent and speedy builders. I hope no debris falls on you and you at least get to see the baby birds.
      That fixture spot must be a comfortable and warm spot to build a nest.

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      1. They didn’t build it last year, but when they do, they sure are persistent. I kept evicting them as I could not open the door and they made a terrible mess above my head. I puff up a few store bags, stuff them and put it in the elbow and it looks just great as you might imagine. At least it thwarts any further activity, though they’ve been known to push it out … I do watch the robins at the Park and have documented their chicks’ growth and had some fun doing that with photos and posts.

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      2. They sure are determined birds! Hopefully they’ll find another place for a nest build. What a hassle to watch out for bird nest debris when you walk in or out the door. Maybe use an umbrella if it happens again.
        Baby birds must be very cute. I haven’t seen any babies up close personally. I’ll keep an eye out for them this year.

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      3. One year at the Park, I documented the Mom Robin sitting on the nest and then the nestlings, chicks and soon they were big and ready to fledge. Also, we have some very mean Red-Winged Blackbirds, one in particular who kept buzzing by and trying to grab the chicks. So I kept scaring him away and the Mom came back and tussled with him. Quite a sight to see – I thwarted several attacks that Spring and was glad the babies fledged and were fine. A friend of mine had a Robin’s nest built on her deck rail. My friend documented the event from eggs (one did not hatch and was thrown out of the nest by Mom) until 13 days old – they fledge at 14 days. She came outside when she heard a bird distress call and saw a black snake climbing up her deck and he grabbed the babies and knocked them onto the floor. He got one, the other two escaped, she thought by the Mom pulling them to a bush. My friend scooped up the snake with a rake, coiled him into a flower pot, put a garbage pail lid on it and carried it to the end of the street. I would likely have peed my pants and/or had a heart attack.

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      4. Interesting to know that birds fledge at 14 days. It must be a treat to see their growth!
        Your friend was very brave to wrangle the snake as she did. Wow, that’s fast thinking and acting. I probably would’ve just stood there paralyzed saying something incomprehensible. Maybe pee a little too. lol

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      5. Ha ha – exactly what I would do! I sure wouldn’t have tried to kill the snake – would have been too scared to do that. When I’m in woodsy areas, I am really careful, not only as to ticks, but snakes too. Yes, Robins are ready to fledge at 14 days. She had been taking photos of them throughout, from the egg to the day before fledging. They were pretty big on that 13th day.

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