Robin’s nest || sad outcome

May 10th – Yay! We have another hatchling today, although it appears that the third egg is missing, it is hard to get close to the nest without stressing out the Robin’s. But it looks like there are only two hatchlings and the other egg is missing?

May 11th – It is hot out today. The poor Robins have been sitting on the nest cooling off with their beaks open. I put a bird bath out for them to cool off in. Late in the afternoon we found a huge American Crow sitting on the fence near the nest, I quickly shoved him off. Hmmm – is he the reason the eggs started to disappear? Kinda a cruel idea really for a Robin to have blue eggs – they stand out from a mile away. Makes them easy prey?

May 12th – I got up this morning eager to see the Robin’s in the nest and see what developments had happened. The Robin’s were there as usual busy feeding their young. Then around 11am I ventured downstairs for some water. I went to look at the nest and it was bare. Not a Robin insight. I think the American Crow that I spotted yesterday had itself a nice little picnic. Mother nature she is cruel.

It looks like the statistics are correct. Only a 40% success rate with nesting, and that is why Robin’s will nest 2 to 3 times a season. Good luck next attempt to my little Robin friends. Next year if you come back we will provide better protection for you against the crows. To see the story from the start click here. This one is for the Robins:

You Have To Believe

You have to believe in happiness,
Or happiness never comes;
I know that a bird chirps none the less
When all he finds are crumbs.

You have to believe that the buds will blow,
Believe in the grass in the days of snow;
Ah, that’s the reason a bird can sing-
On his darkest day he believes in Spring.

By Douglas Malloch


2 responses to Robin’s nest || sad outcome

  1. Krista

    Oooh so sad. I’ve really been enjoying these posts and the photos. I wonder if there are any tricks to scaring off crows (but not robins). Like I remember in my old building, we used those big plastic fake owls to scare away the pigeons, and there’s a building on the corner of Division and Milwaukee doing the same.


    • Valentine Post Author

      Next year if they come back we will certainly be looking for some ways to scare off the crows or make it harder for them to get to the nest … we were so upset : (


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