One of the nicest things about having a robin’s nest so close is that there’s always something to see when we look out our back door. Sometimes it’s the father hunting and keeping an eye on things.
Often one of the parents is on the nest and four hungry babies are begging for dinner.
And better yet, sometimes dinner is being served. The father brings back all sorts of things for his babies. Usually it’s something with wings.
And sometimes there’s just an adorable little muppetlike head sticking out of the nest.
But you can only tell so much from observing the outside of the nest. With an inside view, you can see just how fast the babies are are growing. They are changing on a daily basis.
The parents have become even more vigilant. It’s as if the stakes for them get higher with every insect they feed to their babies. They’ve put so much time and energy into this nest now. I’ve read that most robin babies do not survive. I’m hoping that these gain some measure of safety by living literally beneath our roof, since most predators tend to stay away from the house. If this nest is successful, then during the summer the parents might reuse the nest or build another nearby. And wouldn’t that be fun?