One Robin’s Good Decision

A few weeks ago, I was opening the gate of one of our prairies and noticed a robin’s nest on a nearby fence post.  (There’s a measure of success for our tree suppression efforts –  robins have to build nests on fences in our prairies!!)

More importantly, the robins had built the nest right behind our “No Hunting Without Permission” sign.  What a great location!

This weekend I was back at the same site and was glad to see that the robins’ sign had worked for non-human predators as well as human ones.  There were four healthy nestlings in the nest, looking like they were within a few days of fledging.

Since I’d temporarily spooked the adults away by going through the gate, I took advantage of the brief period to get a few portraits of the birds.  After all, it’s not often that I get the chance to photograph a robin’s nest without having to climb a ladder…

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6 thoughts on “One Robin’s Good Decision

  1. Laurel May 29, 2011 / 8:34 am

    I also saw a similar nest…but it was on the east side of a fencepost…at our office we have one nesting in a wheel well of our truck….I couldn’t help but think she had the best spot last week in the rain!

    • Chris Helzer May 29, 2011 / 10:25 am

      As long as you don’t have anywhere to go for a few weeks…

  2. Mike B. May 29, 2011 / 10:18 am

    Love the photos! Glad you got a chance to get close- robins sometimes nest in our yard but it is under our garage eave and not an easy place to climb up to.

  3. Mel May 29, 2011 / 9:42 pm

    Nice, Chris. I usually have to dodge dive-bombing parents as well. Have to decide whether a good photo is worth a whack on the head!

  4. Suzanne May 30, 2011 / 6:52 am

    Great photos! There are bluebird babies about to fledge from my side yard box – it’s really apparent at this age how closely bluebirds and robins are related. They look almost identical except that the bluebirds have blue-gray feathers.

  5. James C. Trager May 31, 2011 / 4:13 pm

    I remember seeing these nest in rafters of barns and sheds and under eaves of houses and porches, when I lived back east as a kid. Here in Missouri, they seem always to nest in the abundant trees. On a fence post is a new one for me. Cool pic!.

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