Watch a Robins life cylce. From building of a nest to the first flight of a young Robin.
Day 29, Today the last of the four Robins have left. We have seen them through their short lives with us and made sure they were ready for the world. We wish you all the best little Robins and hope one day you will visit us again one day.
Day 28, looks like we had another fly the coop. Its sad to see them go but very gratifying to know they grew up and safely joined the bird community. We have only 2 left and believe they both will be gone within a day or so. Fact of the Day: Robins also eat fermented berries, which cause them to exhibit intoxicated behavior, including falling over and crooked walking. Robins were hunted for their meat in the past, but are now protected due to the Migratory Bird Act. Robins are also known carriers of the West Nile virus because they hold the disease longer than any other species, allowing the virus to be spread to more mosquitoes. Day 27 from first egg that was laid. 14 days after the first hatching and we have one bird who left the nest. Today we were watching the birds and one just flew out of the nest onto a nearby tree. The momma bird flew up next to her and fed her one last time before she flew away. We hope the Robin will come back but it is not likely. Fact of the Day: Baby robins leave the nest about 2 weeks after hatching. After leaving the nest, which is called fledging, baby robins at first stay on the ground, close to their parents. The chicks are able to sustain flight about 2 weeks after fledging. Day 25 from the first egg laid. 12 days after the hatching and the chicks are getting big. They are grooming the self and flapping their wing getting ready to fly. Fact of the Day: The mother is eating the babies' fecal sacs--their poop! The babies are so tiny that they aren't digesting all their food, and their intestines don't have much bacteria yet, so this helps the mother to have enough food while she's spending most of her energy getting food for the babies. Day 18/8 from hatching. Start looking for the babies eyes to start opening. The eyes open around day 10. They are very active when mom or dad feed them but still cannot see. Today seems to be nice and give them a change from the rain that is expected over the next few days. Fact of the Day: Full Answer The robin is found in gardens, open woodlands, agricultural land and other habitats throughout North America in both rural and urban settings. Their cheery song, orange breast and late-winter arrival make the bird a welcome backyard addition to bird enthusiasts. The birds are instantly drawn to mature shrubbery and trees and can be further attracted with fruit and the addition of a bird bath. Day 17/7 from hatching. Momma bird spent all night in the rain protecting her chicks. It's amazing to me how dictated the Robin is. Fact of the Day: Robins have a clear cheery sound with a number of songs, and calls. Many people are familiar with their cheer up, cheer up sound. They are one of the first birds to begin singing in the morning, and one of the last to be heard at night. The male is the most vocal especially during courtship. The territory or whisper song is a soft hisselly-hisselly sound. Day 18 from when the first egg was laid. You can see the wings are starting to develop now and the beeks are clearly defined. Fact of the Day: Baby robins are helpless at birth but reach the size of their parents after just two weeks. Robins fly at 17 to 32 mph. Robin have about 2,900 feathers Day 12-14 momma and papa Robin have been busy feeding the babies. Everyone looks healthy make sure you watch carefully and you will see the papa Robin has a darker head and the momma Robin will sit. Fact of of the Day: An American Robin can produce three successful broods in one year. On average, though, only 40 percent of nests successfully produce young. Only 25 percent of those fledged young survive to November. From that point on, about half of the robins alive in any year will make it to the next. Despite the fact that a lucky robin can live to be 14 years old, the entire population turns over on average every six years. Day 12 we have two chicks born at 0900. Three to go. What a joyous day. Q. How much do newly-hatched robins weigh? A. 5.5 grams--a little less than a quarter. Q. How long does it take for a baby robin to hatch from its egg? A. The first baby hatches 12-14 days after the last egg is laid. Eggs usually hatch a day apart, in the order they were laid. Q. How do babies hatch from the eggs? A. Hatching can take all day. Each chick must fight its way out of the egg. First it breaks a hole in the shell with its egg tooth, a hook on its beak. Then the baby pokes, stretches, and struggles inside the egg, with many stops to rest. Finally it breaks free. Q. How do baby robins eat? A. For the first four days of a nestling's life, the parent birds regurgitate partly digested food into each baby's mouth. By five days of age, the nestlings get earthworms that parents break into small mouthfuls. The babies eat more each day. Soon parents give them whole worms and large insects. Each young robin may eat 14 feet of earthworms in a two-week nest life—and worms are not even their main food! Q. Who feeds the baby robins? A. Both parents feed the babies. A robin might make 100 feeding visits to its nest each day. There's no time to go far on a food hunt. That's why a good territory is important to robins in spring. Day 10-11 Update. The Robin egg is supposed to hatch from 12-14 days after the Robin starting sitting on them if our calculations are correct we should see the chicks in a day or so. There do not seem to be any issues with the Robin for is to think they will no appear. Fact of the Day: Seven subspecies, 5 in North America. Widespread taiga and northeastern migratoriusdescribed; north Pacific coastal caurinus and widespread western propinquus (larger, paler) pic x?ootiokwith white tail corners small or lacking; Canadian maritime nigrideus dark brownish to blackish above, underparts deep rufous, medium-size tail corners; southeast United States achrusterus smaller, upperparts browner, smaller tail corners. Day nine Update: Like the energizer rabbit she is still going. 3 days and we should be seeing life. Fact of the Day: Robins get a lot of their calories from food from the worms they eat. They find their worms by sight, so there needs to be a little light for them to hunt, but the worms hide soon after sunrise. So robins eat first thing in the morning, an then lay their eggs. Day eight It won't be long now and we should see some chicks. Day Eight Fact of the Day, The Robin was first described in 1766 by Carl Linnaeus in the twelfth edition of his Systema Naturae as Turdus migratorius. The binomial name derives from two Latin words: turdus, "thrush", and migratorius from migrare "to go". The term robin for this species has been recorded since at least 1703. Please share our page. .Day Seven Update: Well its been a week and Robin Is doing fine. She had a hard few days in the rain but we didn't want to disturb her so she had to get through it on her own. Fact of the Day: The robin has to have a completed nest before she has a place to lay her eggs. Usually she'll start within a day or two, but the timing can be affected by a few things: Both Mom and Dad Robin have to have good nutrition before they'll be ready to lay eggs. If the weather has been bad and she has to spend a lot of time looking for food, she may not have the energy. If it's been cold, she may be delaying because she won't be able to produce the heat necessary to incubate. The female has to ovulate before egg formation starts, and in a very late spring, she may not be ready even though the nest is built. Day Six Update: There have been several questions about the eggs and if Robin lost two. We checked the nest and there are still 5 eggs there. Two of the eggs are tucked away out of the cameras view. 8 more days and we should see the babies. We thank you all for watching Robin and our views are up, please LIKE and share our page so we can show everyone the gift of life. Fact Of The Day: The eggshell color comes from pigments in the mother robin's blood! Hemoglobin from ruptured blood cells is transformed into "bile pigments," which are carried by the robin's blood to where the eggshell forms. So she doesn't need anything special in her diet to have properly colored eggs. Day Five Update: Robin is doing well, she continues to watch over her eggs waiting for the magic days of the hatching of her youth. Fact of The Day: Most robin clutches during their first nesting of a season have 3 or 4 eggs. Very rarely there are 5, but this most often happens when a robin lays an egg in another robin's nest. Second and third nestings of a season sometimes have only 2 eggs. Day four update. It's wet today and momma Robin has her wings spread out to cover her nest. It is supposed to rain for the next three days so it will be interesting to watch how she protects them. Fact of the day: Robins can live up to 14 years but typically live to be about Two. On 4 May a Robin made a nest in a planter outside of our bedroom window. On 6 May she laid her first egg. On 7 May she laid her second egg. After some research I found out Robins will start to sit on the eggs after laying the second egg. The Robin will sit for 12-14 days then the eggs will hatch. Today is day 3 and she now has 5 eggs. So we set up a web cam for everyone to watch. Expected date is 19-21 May and I will post updates. Please share the the gift of life.