Open the door, put your arm out with the camera in hand, and SNAP! That's how close this nest is! Since I can so easily see the day to day developments going on in this beautiful little nest, I have to document them! So, we are now up to two eggs.
1. Only the mom builds the nest and sits on the eggs.
2. The eggs will hatch 14 days after being laid in the nest. (That puts our birthday party at May 2nd!)
3. There should be 3-5 eggs when she's finished.
4. The eggs will hatch within 2 days of each other.
5. The male will help with the feeding of the hatchlings.
6. The new little robins will be ready to leave the nest 14 days after they hatch.
7. Mom will dive-bomb any intruders to the nest (cats, birds, or HUMANS!)
and sadly . . .
8. The American Robins are "super-spreaders" of the West Nile Virus.
9. Only 25% of the hatchlings will survive to November.
10. Robins make great snacks for cats, crows, and SQUIRRELS!
I had no idea that squirrels ate robins.
Wish I didn't know that.
I hope I never witness that.
I used to like squirrels.