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A robin and her eggs: Day 11

Yesterday was the eleventh day since I discovered a robin, her nest, and four eggs in my holly tree.

I had a very bad feeling about mama robin and her eggs. Being a coward, I sent Mark into the backyard to check on everything.

The news is not good. The nest was empty and the robin was nowhere in sight.

I know that the environment hosts miraculous events every day, but right now I think nature sucks.

I’ll miss you mama robin. I hope you have better luck with your next brood. I’m sorry my holly tree didn’t protect you and your eggs.

If you’d like to read the previous ten posts on the robin and her eggs, click “Nestwatch 2010” below.

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Yesterday I awoke from a dream in which I was standing behind a window watching a blue jay attack the robin in her nest and, despite my screaming and clawing at the window, I was powerless to stop the assault.

It was the tenth day since I discovered a robin resting on four eggs in a nest in my holly tree.

I went outside in the afternoon to photograph the robin, but she wasn’t on the nest and I was too scared that if I went over to the nest I may find it empty of eggs, so I went back inside without taking any photos.

I think this whole robin and her eggs thing is getting to me just a bit, don’t you?

If you’re interested in the past nine days of posts on the robin and her eggs — the ones that lead up to my current level of sort of craziness — click on “Nestwatch 2010” below.

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Yesterday was the ninth day since I discovered a robin resting on her eggs in a nest in my holly tree.

According to the National Audubon Society, robins may have 2-3 broods in a season.

I only went outside once yesterday to photograph the robin. I couldn’t bear to go out more often because I really didn’t want to catch the robin off her nest. I’m just not ready yet to see if any more of the eggs have disappeared.

For now, I’m happy to go on thinking that this little robin will soon become a mama.

You can see the past eight posts on the robin and her eggs if you click on the “Nestwatch 2010” link below.

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And then there were three.

Yesterday was the eighth day since I discovered a robin and her four eggs in a nest in our holly tree.

I was outside in the afternoon yesterday when I saw the robin fly off her nest. There were only three eggs inside.

I know it’s not a great photo, but trust me, there are only three eggs.

I read that robins’ eggs have predators — squirrels, snakes, crows, and blue jays. I saw a couple of blue jays in our backyard a few days ago. I don’t know if one of them got an egg. I don’t know if they’ll come back for more.

For now, mama robin still sits on her remaining three eggs.

I’m feeling quite sad.

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Yesterday was the seventh day since I discovered the robin nesting in our holly tree.

According to Journey North, an online science education website, robins rarely leave their nests for more than 5-10 minutes at a time. I was lucky enough to find mama robin off her nest yesterday morning and took these pictures of the eggs:

The Journey North site also states that robins rotate their eggs several times a day. They use their bills to move the eggs around. Rotating the eggs regulates temperature and prevents the insides of the eggs from sticking to the eggshells.

You can see all of the posts about the robin and her eggs by clicking “Nestwatch 2010” below.

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Yesterday marked six days since I first discovered the robin, four eggs, and a nest.

Mark mowed the lawn in the backyard yesterday and we thought that the noise would make the robin leave her nest. But she stayed firmly put, so I never did catch a photo of the eggs.

I like this photo because it highlights the nest a bit:

Robin fact for the day from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: A robin’s nest ranges from 6-8 inches wide and 3-6 inches deep. To put that in perspective, it would hold a softball quite nicely.

If you’d like to see the previous five posts on the robin and her eggs, click on the “Nestwatch 2010” link below.

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Mama robin is in a new position in her nest every time I visit; I seldom see her off the nest.

Here’s some information about nest sites from theĀ Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

“Female robins choose the nest sites, which are typically on one or several horizontal branches hidden in or just below a layer of dense leaves. Nests are typically in the lower half of a tree, although they can be built as high as the treetop. American Robins also nest in gutters, eaves, on outdoor light fixtures, and other structures. In western prairies, American Robins may build their nests on the ground or in thickets, while in Alaska they sometimes nest on buildings or cliffs.”

You can see days 1 through 4 of the robin and her nestĀ here, here, here, and here.

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