Monday, May 2, 2011

Nature's Bounty

While I was in Florida, Jeff kept telling me about a Robin who was banging it's head on the glass window in my studio. I told him, "well, either it's nesting or being aggressive against it's reflection".

After I got home, I was doing some house clean up and was sweeping the front porch. When I turned around to go into the house, I spied with my little eyes, a robin's nest right by the door. She had built it into the ivy that is growing on the side of the house. So that explains the window! I've since seen the robin (who I have named, Thelma) banging into the window and I think I know what she is doing. I've tried to get some video of her doing it, but Thelma is a bit shy and seems to sense my presence immediately. In this window, hangs a fabric garland. It is very raw, with loose ends and fabric bits and scraps torn and shredded. I think she is trying to get at it as she sees it as stuff for her nest!

Anyway, I've been taking photos every day of the nest to document from nest, to eggs, to babies. As of today, we are at 3 eggs. Typically Robin's will lay 4 eggs, so I betting that come tomorrow, I will find a 4th egg in the nest.

This is Thelma, her nest is in the front of the house. She is a bit shy and does not like to have her photo taken. Here she is lingering on the ground in front of the porch area where her nest is. I tied some ribbon and a note that says, "please use other door, birds nesting on porch" so that no one bothers them (well, except me!)


However, the good news does not end there! Today, I discovered yet another Robin's nest on the back porch in the ivy! So this robin, I have decided to call Louise. Louise is not as shy as Thelma and she will let me take photos as long as I don't get too close. So far, Louise, does not have any eggs. So i can't believe we will be watching two nests at the same time!

here Louise sits in her nest. Have you ever seen a robin's nest? have you noticed how perfect, like a bowl, the inside is? Well, as I watched Louise today, I figured out how they do that. She scooch's about on her hiney in a circular motion all around the nest. As she is doing that, it's like a pottery wheel, and the inside is getting nice and smooth, like a bowl. pretty cool!


while we are on the subject of robin's, babies and nest - here is an amazing video. enjoy :


  1. That is so precious. Reminds me of sitting on my grandmothers porch with her when I was younger. While sewing she would toss the leftover thread and little bits of fabric in the yard and say they were for the birds to make their nests.

  2. OMG, it is a small world. We have been watching a momma robin and 3 eggs too. The video was so precious but so sad at the end. My hubby still looks to see if momma bird has come back to the nest even though the babies have all grown and flown the coop.

  3. What a beautiful color - Robin's egg blue!
    Hope you are enjoying your evening.

  4. Awesome pictures! Who knew robin's eggs were so pretty. There like Cadbury mini eggs!

  5. A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~Chinese Proverb
    How nice of you to share! I have my own little bird sanctuary in my yard...have actually seen a mother bird hold the baby bird's beak & teach it to fly. It was surreal! Believe it or not I also had to rescue a newborn sparrow taken out of a nest in a birdhouse by a nuthatch! My bird's nests are so unique with metallic threads & multi-color yarns & they loved my Siberian Husky Scout's fur, who's gone to doggie heaven!

  6. I love Thelma-she is precious, Kecia! Her eggs are beautiful and so is she :) I just loved this story-thank you!

  7. I was so excited I forgot to say that I love Louise too!!
    Such a bitter sweet video also :)


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