Growing up it used to be the first sighting of a robin meant Spring was right around the corner. Now thanks to the internet and those who dwell on the internet we now know that robins are seen all year long - even in the winter, so first let me thank you the internet for ruining yet another childhood belief.
Even if that ins't true - which I am going to continue to pretend still is true - the sight of a robin's nest complete with several eggs must be a sign of something? Summer perhaps?
I have a robin's nest with several eggs right outside my garage door in an overgrown boxwood bush. Why the mother robin (I'm going to name her Robin) would decide on setting up shop in a rather high traffic area is beyond me - but now I feel invested and the need to protect it. I had another nest on my front walk but came out one day to see broken blue eggs on the lawn - something had got to them so I am fearful for this brood.
I will try and erect some type of barrier using pallets and machine guns to protect the eggs and the little guys once they are born and will try to chart the progress on here. I will also try to come up with more creative names for each of the youngins than Robin #1, #2, etc.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers a few good tips on how to protect baby birds against predators like snakes, Blue Jays and whatever else is lurking around my yard.
They also offer an official nest watching site and certification - which I took and passed!
So now, not only do I have a license to operate a motor vehicle, I am now certified to watch and report on bird's nest. I take this duty seriously and will do my best to uphold the oath that I made up myself and went through before taking the certification test.
Check back soon for updates.