Guest Post by Happy Girl: Return of the Robins

Despite the sudden heat wave, it feels a bit like spring at our house. The roses have bloomed all over the rose bushes, and we did have some peonies before the storm knocked them out.

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But we also have some new robins on the way. A couple of years ago we had a momma robin decide to make her nest in a cozy little spot next to the door, right on top of the lamp.

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It’s been a popular choice for all birds to try to make their nest there over the years, since it’s shaded, dry, and no predators can approach without being seen. But we’ve always managed to knock the half-built nest out before any eggs were laid. The robin was the first one to successfully build a neat nest in between all our comings and goings, and lay 3 perfect, teal-blue eggs. So we didn’t knock it out, and had a great time watching the two adults raise their family.

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Of course, we couldn’t use the back door for several weeks, but it was worth it to see the baby robins grow.

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(sorry for the fuzzy pic, the blinds cast a weird reflection but we didn’t want to scare the parents away by raising it.)

All four kids collaborated and affectionately named the babies Rollo, Tess, and Fuffle, and the parents Matthias and Cornflower. All names from one of our favorite book series, Redwall.

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(From left to right is Tess, Fuffle, and Rollo.)

After they flew away, we knocked the nest out and tried not to let any other birds nest there again. But the other day I saw a bird flying over there more than usual, and wouldn’t you know, the robins managed to build another nest.

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So we get another chance to watch baby robins grow this summer! It’ll be a nice way for me to finish off my biology course. And writing, since Mommy’s letting me guest blog the updates! Happy Spring/Summer!

 

Happy Girl.

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