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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Life Goes On . . . or NOT

In an earlier post this month, we welcomed new neighbors – a robin couple that had moved into the Crepe Myrtle neighborhood alongside our back patio. At the time, it seemed an unlikely location because of all activity in this area, both human and otherwise.

Abandonment is what we found last week – the nest and the 4 blue eggs were still there – the nest0512 (1)same as a couple of weeks ago. There hadn’t been any robin activity on the back patio in over a week before we checked the nest. Before then,  adult robins were chirping on the patio daily as we watched  from the kitchen window.

Curious to find out WHY birds would abandon a nest after eggs have been laid, I did some online research. Birds can abandon a nest that’s been discovered by a predator or simply because of too much activity in the area. Robins only abandon their eggs when something happens that tells them that they will have a poor chance of success. If it feels threatened by other animas or humans it will leave, even if eggs have been laid. In most cases, the eggs will not have been fertilized and would not contain any baby birds.

IMG_0692Shortly after we found this abandoned next, Grenville found another one in this cedar tree on back patio. The nest held 3 newly-hatched baby robins. Since the mother robin was very vocally active about our finding the nest, we decided to check on them in a week or so.baby robins0512 (2)Unfortunately, this one was in the lower branches of the tree and easy prey for predators and it was was discovered. When we empty nest517checked it a week later, it was empty as shown here.

In such a short time, the young robins could not have developed enough to leave on their own. The predators might have been other birds or feral cats in the area.

This week we spotted several robin couples active in the back yard; hopefully there is more nesting activity. And, we would be glad NOT to find the location of any nest(s).

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7 comments:

Sandra said...

another thing that could have happened is predator got the bird that laid the eggs, hawks to snakes the food chain moves on. sad to think about this though.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sandra, this very well could have happened as a hawk has been known to visit the neighborhood looking for a meal.

L. D. Burgus said...

They certainly left for their own safety. I am glad you found another nest full of babies.

Lois Evensen said...

Very sad. Nature's food chain once again.... :(

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

To bad when things like this happens, but they'll learn to chose better as time passes.

Have a great day!
Christer.

Montanagirl said...

Sad yes. They sure lay pretty blue eggs. We've had several Robins around our yard too.

Daisy said...

That's too bad, but maybe they will nest again. I like seeing the parent birds feeding the little ones in the nest.

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