A second nest site

This pile of woven grass nests alerted us to a new robin's nest in the wood pile

This pile of woven grass nests alerted us to a new robin’s nest in the wood pile

Two small robin's eggs laid so far inside the wood pile nest

Two small robin’s eggs laid so far inside the wood pile nest

Evie made an exciting discovery today – we have a second robin’s nest in the back yard! This one is perched on top of the wood pile approximately 25 metres from the other one. I have a hunch that the new nest has been made by one of last year’s babies – for three reasons. 1. The location of the nest hasn’t been completely thought through. It is at quite a tilt, not easy to fly into, and accessible by racoons and other pests. 2. There were 5 or 6 half-built woven grass nests at the base of the wood pile. Either discarded or wind-blown attempts, which makes me think this robin is new to the nest-building game. And 3. the two eggs laid so far are small. About 1/2 to 2/3 the normal size I would say.

A major bonus of this nest is that the kids can see inside – with a lift from me or Matt. Evie and Milo got to see the eggs for themselves today. The wonderful bright robin’s egg blue is something that has to be seen to be believed. The dull brown of the mud-caked nest sets off the colour to perfection! A magical and memorable experience for any child.

We took a few pictures and will keep our eyes peeled for babies – if they hatch. This may be a practise run for mama robin #2.

A robin's nest perched on top of the wood pile under the sloping roof. Space is cramped!

A robin’s nest perched on top of the wood pile under the sloping roof. Space is cramped!

UPDATE 23 May: Hadn’t seen the robin on the nest in a while so I took a peek inside. All the eggs were gone. A squirrel or a snake or a raccoon likely took them. Poor robin. I think she is building a new nest in the big rose bush on the opposite side of the back yard. A better spot probably, but still not ideal.

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