Nest Building

How do the robins build their nests?
Robin Redbreast told me.
First a wisp of amber hay
In a pretty round they lay;
Then some shreds of downy floss,
Feathers too and bits of moss,
Woven with a sweet, sweet song,
This way, that way, and across,
That’s what Robin told me.

George Cooper

The robins have been taking things from the nesting ball I put up near the feeders. I wasn’t able to get a photo of them actually doing it but I did see one fly off with a beak full of material, which they took with them over to the pine trees across the street.

I’m assuming that’s where they have opted to lay their eggs this year. Which is fine since laying them up above my front door didn’t work out well for them this time last year since the collared doves kept stealing the eggs. 😣

They both took a break to come back for a quick bath and to say hello (and to chase the sparrows away from the little pond which they have decided is theirs and theirs alone lol).

The sparrows and finches are keeping a safe distance from the robins over at the little table feeder that is still by the lilacs.

I’ll be temporarily moving it, too, when it’s time to clean up around the lilacs and also create a nice little area there for setting up all the bird feeders and maybe even a few bird houses and a bird bath, if I get adventurous enough.

I’m thinking of using pea gravel there or some pavers (which would probably be best) in order to help control the weeds under the feeding station.

If we use pavers and concrete then the seeds that fall will easily be cleaned up and won’t germinate underneath in the grass or gravel or whatever. So, hmm. 🤔

I haven’t quite worked out my plan but it will come to me soon enough…

2 thoughts on “Nest Building

  1. Darling! Now that we have a cat around I’m noticing the usual birds aren’t nesting around the house as usual, the cardinals, phoebes and swallows. We got the cat for the mice, and she did that part! Always trade offs, eh?! 🙂

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