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bird's nest in wall sconce

Postby haili » Apr 29, 2008 12:20 pm

I have a wall sconce type container hanging on the fence planted with ivy. I thought it was looking a bit sick and discovered a robin's nest! I took it down and hid it as I really don't think that's a good nesting place. The bird came back with more dried grass or something and looked puzzled, then flew away. I hope it finds a better, safer spot and I haven't ruined its life!

I'm wondering if that's one of the robins that hatched last year and the young ones fell out of the nest and into my yard - just learning to fly. Eventually, after a yard full of guano, I lifted it on a shovel over the fence. The mother was very distressed through all this so I don't want a repeat of the situation this year.
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Postby Eeyore » Apr 29, 2008 1:54 pm

As long as there were no eggs it will be fine, the robin will find another place to nest, but don't be surprised if it is nearby!
Personally, I would be delited to have a robin nest on my property!
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Postby Meggylou » Apr 29, 2008 3:32 pm

ooh I love robins, had it been in a decent less disturbed location of the yard I would have left it. No worries though the Robin will find a new place.
We've always had robins nest on our property, as a child growing up it was a favourite pastime of mine to watch the babies, from a distance of course.
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Postby haili » Apr 29, 2008 5:18 pm

I like robins too - but a bit farther away. My yard is very tiny and the mess they made last year was unbelievable for such tiny things - plus I don't like dealing with the babies falling out, etc. There are lots of trees around and one that almost covers the yard - which is where they nested last year but I get tired of cleaning the mess off the furniture, plants etc. every day. I do love to see them digging up the worms after the rain and watering.
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Postby Eeyore » May 01, 2008 12:12 am

I can understand that haili. They are beautiful and I would love to have one around, but like you say, a little further away!
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Postby LeeInEdmonton » May 01, 2008 10:14 pm

One year we had a barn swallow that decided that the top of our front entry light would be a good place to build her nest. Each evening I would step out of the front door & quietly talk to her. She would look at me & cock her head to one side(yeah I know, goofy bugger talking to a bird). She hatched her eggs,& did not take fright while feeding the young throughout the entire process. Kinda missed them when they were gone.

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Postby Eeyore » May 01, 2008 11:26 pm

We haven't had mch success with birds nesting in our yard but there is always hope!
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Postby haili » May 02, 2008 12:09 pm

The robins don't seem to mind people being close; one made a nest on top of the neighbour's hydro meter. I didn't want them nesting in my yard when the cat went outside but don't think she'll be out this year as she is blind now. Anyway, I haven't seen the robin since I took down the planter and have kept it down to give her a chance to nest elsewhere and I hope she found another good sheltered spot.
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