A Robin's Nest

Robin's NestRobin feeding in a lawnRobins feed on open lawns and nest in woodland areas with trees and shrubs. Your chances of attracting a nesting pair are better if your garden has both of these elements.

The beginning of the breeding season is announced by the song of the male robin, usually heard from a high perch. Once a pair of robins selects a territory, the business of building the nest begins. Robins construct a cup-shaped nest made of grasses, small twigs, strips of cloth, hair and string. The inner surface of the nest is reinforced with mud. The female incubates the three or four blue eggs for 12 to 14 days.

Robins usually raise two or three broods each breeding season. During the hotter summer months, they prefer to make nests in the higher branches of deciduous trees. The moisture evaporating from the large leaves helps to cool the female while she sits on the nest. During the cooler months the nest is usually lower in the branches of evergreen trees or shrubs. Robins in the photo right took advantage of a "man-made" branch on a farm building in rural Nebraska.

To learn more, visit:

Insects, Spiders, Mice and More - Wildlife Resources

Identify Birds:

All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Birds of Nebraska Identification Guide - Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

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