Robin (Nesting Behavior)

Date: 05/31/2023

Number: 2

Two robins appeared to have a nest in a tall deciduous shrub in front of my neighbor’s house. The female consistently flew into and out of the same spot near the top of the shrub and the male sat for hours on a branch of a nearby crabapple tree, chasing off grackles and starlings if they came near the shrub. This had been the pattern for about a week, but on May 31, I realized that both robins had disappeared, leading me to suspect the nest had been found and the eggs destroyed.

[Observer provided additional information, added by Journey North, 06/10/2023]:

I reported that I thought a robin's nest in my neighbor's shrub had been discovered and destroyed because I stopped seeing the male sitting guard nearby and I didn't see the female flying in and out of the shrub.

However, about three days later, I realized that a male and female robin were stocking up on the live mealworms I put out and I eventually saw that they were returning to the shrub where I thought they had a nest. So instead of the nest being destroyed, I think the eggs hatched and mom and dad were so busy finding food that they weren't constantly around the nest. The gathering of multiple mealworms continues as of June 10 and the robins are now showing up first thing in the morning and looking expectantly at me as I flush out the birdbath and refill it.

Monona, WI

Latitude: 43 Longitude: -89.3

Observed by: Chris
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