Robin Watch 2019
Author: Sandra Craig
April 25: First egg seen in nest
Robins have been nesting in this spot under the air conditioner in the Science Room for several years. Here is something interesting about that fact:
“Robins do not normally use the same nest year after year, but if they have good nesting success in a place, they very often return there.”
April 29: Four eggs in nest
Stopping At Four
Robins usually lay four eggs and then stop. Like most birds, they lay one egg a day until their clutch is complete. If you remove one egg each day, some kinds of birds will keep laying for a long time, as if they can stop laying only when the clutch of eggs feels right underneath them. Robins normally lay four eggs.
Mark Your Calendars
Mother robins may start incubating their eggs during the evening after the second egg is laid, or after all the eggs are laid. They sit on the eggs for 12 to 14 days. The female usually does all the incubating. Even in good weather, she rarely leaves her eggs for more than 5 to 10 minutes at a time.
Our robins should be hatching between May 7th and May 9th.
Be thinking about names…