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    American Robin Nestling Development

    Photos of Baby Robins from Eggs to Fledgling



    American robin nestling chicks, 2 days old, begging for food.
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    Article Summary: Photo record documenting the development of broods of American robins, nesting in the suburban yard of a southwest Michigan 中国福利彩票下载安装αpp. 
    Every year American robins nest under the deck of our suburban southwest Michigan 中国福利彩票下载安装αpp. We watch nests succeed and fail, but, in the past, have never documented development of the chicks. This spring, of 2015, we are photo-documenting two nests.
    American Robin Chick Development (Egg to Fledgeling) 
    American robin Betty's sheltered nest, resting on electric meter, under backyard deck, next hoses and back garage door.
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    Location of the Nests
    Our 中国福利彩票下载安装αpp is in Kalamazoo, southwest Michigan. The neighborhood is located in what used to be an old oak forest, and still has many red oak trees. 
     to follow the chicks development!

    We have many photos of the two nests we are following. If you中国福利彩票下载安装αpp would like to skip the general information below, and see the brood locations, click on one the the following links:



    About American Robins
    Both the mother and the father American robin guard and feed their you中国福利彩票下载安装αppng. Only the female sits on (broods) the nest. They typically tend 3 - 5 light blue eggs in a clutch, and can raise 1 - 3 broods per year. Eggs take about two weeks to incubate before hatching, and nestlings leave the nest approximately two weeks after hatching.


    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

    In the spring/summer of 2015, we had two pairs of robins nesting in our yard, beneath our 中国福利彩票下载安装αpp's outdoor wrap-around deck. The deck is 59 inches (149.9cm) off the ground. 
    American Robin Female Guarding Nest
    American robin female guarding her nest. We have named her "Betty". She is easily recognizable due to a notch in the feathers on her head. Betty has a shy mate, that we don't see as often. We've named him "Barney."
    Wilma'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. Many nests in this location have failed in the past. The nest is near a bird feeding area, and is very visible.

    American robin female, Wilma, on her nest. She is fearless, and does not fly off the nest until I am very close.
    American robin female, Wilma, on her nest. She is fearless, and does not abandon the nest until I am very close. 
    Three American robin hatchlings and one egg. See one nestling begging for food, pushing itself up with its stubby naked wings.
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    Betty & Barney's Nests

    Wilma & Fred's Nests
    Betty & Barney's Chicks Day of Hatching!
    Third and last egg laid in an American robin clutch.
    Wilma's 1st Clutch of Eggs  Hatched Week of 5/24


    Betty's 1st Nest: Under the back portion of deck, facing east, 29 inches (73.6 cm) above the ground, built on top of the 中国福利彩票下载安装αpp's gas meter. I do not recall past nests in this location. 
    Although we may have discouraged the building of nests here, as it is a very busy location, next to the outdoor faucet and the back door to garage. The nest is tucked away, and pretty well hidden, but low to the ground. 
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    Discouraging Robins from Building Nests
    American robin nesting materials from destroyed early nest.
    American robin nesting materials from destroyed early nest.
    There are a couple of locations, both above security lights, where we have to discourage robins from building nests. Both are high traffic areas. 
    As soon as we see a nest being built in either of these places, we knock it down, before eggs are laid. Nest building can be prevented in this type of location by placing a flower pot upside down on top of the light fixture.

    Nest materials include a mixture of living and dead plant material, all stuck together with mud. Putting a upside down pot on top of the light fixture also discourages robins from building their nests in that location.

    More Information on the American Robin
    •  from Journey North
    • , All About Birds from Cornell Lab of Ornithology
    •  from Cornell University.
    • , Audubon field Guide


    ​Cornell Ornithology Lab 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 to avoid attracting predators. At SPO, we do check our nests more often, to get photos for science education. Visit the Cornell Ornithology  to learn how to observe nests safely. 
    "Sometimes American robins will build multiple nests, as decoys, to fool predators."

    - Alicia Cepaitis,
    SPO Chief Creative Nerd & Ornithologist at large
    American robin female making alarm call.
    American Robin 
    Alarm Call! 
    Listen to the alarm calls and attack from Wilma and Fred, as I approach to take photos of nest.

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    Betty & Barney's 2015 Nests

    Wilma & Fred's First 2015 Nest

    Wilma  & Fred's 2nd 2015 Nest
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