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    American Robin Nestling Development

    Photos of Baby Robins from Eggs to Fledgling

    Wilma & Fred's Nest 2015

    American robin nest with three eggs.

    Article Summary: Photo record documenting the development of a brood of American robins, nesting under the backyard deck of a southwest Michigan 中国福利彩票下载安装αpp. This page features the first of Wilma's 2015 broods.
    Every year American robins nest under the deck of our 中国福利彩票下载安装αpp. We watch nests succeed and fail, but have never documented development of the chicks. This spring, of 2015, we are photo-documenting two nests. 
    American Robin Chick Development: Wilma 2015
    American robin Wilma's current clutch of three eggs.
    American robin Wilma's clutch of three eggs. She laid the first egg May 12, They begin hatching May 24th. 

    Page last updated 7/2015
    Wilma & Fred's Brood
    Wilma laid her first egg of the current clutch on Tuesday, May 12. Then laid an egg each day for the the next two days, finishing with her her third and last egg on May 14.

    Clutch of Eggs

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    We have many photos of the two nests we are following. This page features Wilma & Fred's nest. Click the link below to learn about American robins and see photos of Betty & Barney's four nestlings! 

    American Robin 
    Nesting Facts
    Scientific name: 
    Turdus migratorius

    # eggs in clutch: 3 - 5
    # clutches: 1 - 3
    incubation of eggs: 
    ~2 weeks
    nestlings fledge: 
    ~2 weeks

    Wilma & Fred's eggs had all hatched 11 days after the last was laid. Their  nestlings fledged 12 days after hatching. 

    American robin female guarding her nest
    Wilma & Fred's Nest
    Under side portion of deck, facing north, 45 inches (114.3 cm) above the ground, built on top of the 中国福利彩票下载安装αpp's electric meter. 

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    Many nests in this location have failed in the past. The nest is near a bird feeding area, and is very visible.​ We hung a Boston fern in front of the most exposed area of her nest, making it less visible. Wilma and Fred may be ferocious enough to brood a successful nest in this location!
    First egg laid in American robin clutch.
    American robin female guarding her nest
    Second egg laif in an American robin clutch.
    Third and last egg laid in an American robin clutch.
    Chicks Began Hatching!
    11 days after last egg was laid. 

    American robin same-day hatchling begging for food.
    American robin eggs beginning to hatch.
    American robin, same day as hatcling, begging for food.
    Two Eggs Show Signs of Cracking
    American robin female brooding nest.
    Put a hanging Boston fern next to Wilma's nest. Provides some cover on the most exposed side.
    All Three Chicks Have Hatched
    5/26/15 * Day 1

    American robin hatchling chicks, day of hatching.
    American robin hatchling chicks, day of hatching.
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     from Journey North
    • , All About Birds from Cornell Lab of Ornithology
    •  from Cornell University
    • , Audubon field Guide

     recommends that, when monitoring a nest, you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp check it only every 3 - 4 days, to minimize disrupting the birds and avoid attracting predators. At SPO, we do check our nests more often, to get photos for science education. Visit the Cornell Ornithology Nest Watch website to learn how to observe nests safely.​

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