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…



About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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6 Responses to One Robin’s Good Decision

  1. Laurel says:

    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!

  2. Mike B. says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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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