I want to begin this blog with a most sincere thank you to my guests At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn in recent months. In great kindness, they have made every possible accommodation to further the joys of nature and motherhood while staying at our home.
On our back porch there is a small round picnic table with overhead umbrella. A mother robin looking to provide a safe, secure place for her eggs began the rather slip shod efforts of nest building a few months back. Her chosen site was in the top of the umbrella. Initially, more of the nesting material found it’s way to our boxwood hedge than remained in her nest , but she persisted as Mother’s are wont to do, finally getting the knack of it.
We had many phases of development in the bird saga here at the inn. After the nest finally got pulled together, we noted 3 blue eggs had been deposited in it. We were all so tickled.
There is something about “baby” anything that intrigues people. Our guests during this time where awestruck about all aspects of this Robin Adventure and we fielded a litany of questions. Some were posed during the guest stay and some were so excited to have had a front row seat to any part of it that that wanted to know how it all turned out and emailed me to see how things were going. Is the nest finished? How long did it take her to finally get it together? How many eggs and what color are they? When will they hatch? Do they leave the nest right away?
What did I know about Robins? Well, a bit because this same bird or maybe not? made a nest in exactly the same location last year.
So now we move on to the answers! The nest must function for more than a month, some are used more than once. It must be sturdy enough to support not only the eggs (from 2-4) but also house them after they hatch providing stability and warmth so careful construction is required. The light blue to darker blue eggs generally hatch between 12 and 14 days and the birds remain in it about 2 weeks post the hatching. Both the mother and father co-parent the safety of the nest. The nest is not left unattended for more than 10-12 minutes and then the mother is perched only a short distance away easily able to return should the nest need protection. Any approach to the nest creates a loud warning screech to “go away.” The mother, after the hatching, is quiet tending to the eggs seeking to avoid drawing any attention to the location of her nest. Our Facebook page under At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn catalogs in photo’s for readers of this blog wanting more information. Baby Bird and nest photos are there. More in depth information is available also at Washington’s Nature Mapping Program.
It’s been an adventure to watch this for the second year in a row. Just yesterday morning we arrived at work and the moment we went up the back steps to enter the kitchen, the complete quiet assailed us and we knew the kids had gone. We’ll miss them and all the interest they generated by guests and staff alike. Babies bring out gentleness. No matter what kind of babies they are and no one would question that the world could benefit from more of that. It has been a fun adventure genuinely. Now, as you might imagine, the back deck, “ahem” needs a bit of very serious attention so I have to wrap this blog up. Happy Birding and to my little robin friends I bid thee, “Live long and prosper.”