Second Brood? Or Third?

American robin nest with young (photo by Chuck Tague)
American robin nest (photo by Chuck Tague)

Last week I discovered an American robin nest outside my study window. 

As I sit here and type, Mother Robin is making food deliveries to her tiny babies who are slightly older than the chicks pictured here.  This is probably her second brood this season.  If her first nest was very early or if it failed, this could be her third.

Now she pauses to brood her babies.  As she sits on the nest she makes a high-pitched “eeeeeeeeep” sound.  It’s a sound I wouldn’t associate with robins if I hadn’t seen one making it.  The message means “danger.” Her chicks are silent and still.

Mother Robin she sees my cat sitting at the window and is alert to Emmy’s pointed ears. 

I don’t think Emmy has noticed the robin’s nest because it’s far away and hidden by leaves.  (I use binoculars to see the babies.)  My cat is much more absorbed by the house sparrows sitting on the wire shouting at her. 

I hope all goes well for this robin family.  There are crows, grackles and blue jays on my street who would love to raid her nest.  Good luck, babies.

(photo by Chuck Tague)

p.s. Emmy has many names including Emmalina.

4 thoughts on “Second Brood? Or Third?

  1. Oh I do so love the wild babies. I had a nest in my carport one year, I parked outside and took photos every other day. They fledged quickly and disappeared. I often see Robins at the red currant bushes in the backyard. They are a favorite bird of mine.


  2. As I was walking our dog Liffey near CMU two days ago, I found fragments of robin eggshell on the sidewalk, nowhere near any tree or shrub that could harbor a nest.

    I did get “buzzed” this evening near my home, several houses up from where I saw the shells, by a robin. I know they dispose of the shells away from the nest. Should I be looking in my backyard for the nest?

    As an aside, we were also evaluated by a falcon in the inner quad at CMU as we walked. She (?) was on the ground behind one of the sycamores, and flew to a tree branch. She left it and went to a higher one, and turned to watch us as I watched her. So cool! Liffey snuffled and went crazy at the ground site–maybe she is a bird dog? I think not.


  3. What a bummer! This morning I didn’t see any activity at the robins’ nest but had no time to look at it with binoculars. Tonight at dusk I checked. The nest is completely empty and the parents are gone. Those babies were too young to fly. A predator must have eaten them. 🙁

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