Robins make nests at the cabin where the logs stick out. Most years we have a few broods of baby robins on the porch.
This is the first nest we noticed this year. It is right at the end of the porch, just over the stairs.
There is the robin. She must be sitting on eggs.
We didn’t really get too close. This is in the same burst of photos, just zoomed in.
But evidently we gave her too much attention. She flew over to the roof of the garage and tried to get our attention from there so we wouldn’t look at her eggs. (We didn’t bother the eggs.)
She called like crazy until she knew we were looking.
She then sorta waddled around all fluffed up. Trying to look like good prey?
Robins make nests twice a year between April and August. Then they lay an egg a day until they have three to five eggs. They sit on the eggs for 16 to 17 days. Then they care for the baby birds for another 16 or 17 days. The baby robins in the photo are from another year.
Sometimes the robins get too big to all fit in the nest and some fall out. If you see baby birds on or near the porch, don’t worry. The mother knows they are there. She still comes and feeds them. They are very fat and feathery and they just stay in one place until they think they see their mother. Then they call pitifully for her and hold their mouth open for food. Before their feathers all come in, they look kinda raggedy.
Robins in Spring
We think robins are a sign of spring, but here robins live year-round. In the summer they live even at the highest mountains. In winter, they just come lower down. Robins can handle the cold. They move around to where they find food.
What do Robins Eat?
Robins don’t eat birdseed. They mostly eat worms and bugs. They also eat berries, other fruits and seeds they find on shrubs, trees, and vines.
If you want to try to feed robins, try frozen or fresh fruit. They will eat apple slices, raisins, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes and cherries.