11 July 2007

Mailbox robin

mailbox robin

An American robin (Turdus migratorius) has built a nest within the confines of the honeysuckle covering our mailbox. Everytime someone approaches the mailbox the poor bird flies away to the nearest tree. Today, I had to disturb it to take these pictures.

robin on tree

While she eyed me suspiciously from afar, I lifted the camera above the nest and blindly took a picture of the inside: 3 eggs.

robin nest

According to All About Birds, the robin eggs' incubation time is 12-14 days. We first noticed this bird about a week ago. So we may have another week or so before the babies arrive.

First update is here and the end of the story is here.


2 comments:

Roger B. said...

Here in the UK, the robin (Erithacus rubecula) has a habit of nesting inside mailboxes.

xoggoth said...

Had to let my intended bonfire hang around for a month last year due to a robin nesting in the pile. Wasted my time, no sooner had they hatched and a cat/fox ate them. They are not terribly bright about their choice of nesting place.