The robins had two consecutive nesting sites in our backyard. The first, in May, was thwarted by ants and dogs (ours). Two eggs hatched from that nest. The first chick was overtaken by ants. The second chick lived for one or two days, but was killed when our dogs ripped the nest out of the holly bush it was located in (about two feet off the ground). The dogs ate the live chick and the remaining eggs.
|5.23.12 Breeding pair of robins.|
|5.26 Our backyard. The holly bush with the nest is circled in red.|
|5.23 Bow becomes interested in the nest.|
|The nest is in the middle of the bush.|
|5.23 Four eggs.|
|6.4 AM Three egss layed.|
|6.4 PM A fourth egg.|
|6.5 AM Still four eggs.|
|6.6 AM A fifth egg.|
|6.14 AM Fast forward about a week.|
The two robins have been taking turns sitting on the nest.
|6.15 AM Robin on the nest. Movement beneath.|
|6.15 AM First egg has hatched, yielding first chick.|
|6.16 AM Second egg has hatched, yielding second chick.|
|6.23 PM Chicks were just fed.|
|6.23 PM The largest chick preens often.|
6.24 AM Good feather growth. I'm trying to capture mite movement on camera.
6.25 PM Mites are everywhere.
6.26 AM Robin parent scolds from neighbor's roof.
6.27 AM The first chick leaves the nest at some point overnight or in the morning and is killed. My guess is a neighborhood cat did it.
6.28 AM There is only one chick left in the nest. I have seen the second one running around on the ground, shepherded by a parent.
6.28 AM2 Twenty minutes later, the last chick jumped out of the nest.
|6.28 AM There it is!|
6.28 AM Twenty four days after the first egg was laid in the hanging-pot
nest, the last chick has left. I saw this chick two days later in a small tree
with one of its parents. The parent was still feeding it.