female robin Females arrive later than males, from a few days to two
males seen in battle
Means the male robins are fighting over territories.
Watch for signs such as the male or female flying with nest materials,
or the female with mud on breast. Both gather nest materials but usually
only the female builds. She may begin within a day or two after arrival.
It usually takes 2-6 days to build a nest.
of eggs underway Females spend about 50 minutes of every hour incubating,
so you can assume she's incubating when you see her less often!
Usually about 12-14 days after last egg laid. Watch for adult flying
with worm, rather than eating it. Broken pieces of blue eggshell on
ground may be a sign of eggs hatching OR of a nest predator.
young fledge Both parents feed the babies. About 9-16 days after eggs
hatch the young leave the nest or fledge. Watch for flightless
robins with a spotted breast on the ground or in low branches.
young take wing During the first 2-3 days after fledging, the young make
their first clumsy flights. Watch how long it takes before they become
start nesting all over again When suddenly only dad is feeding fledglings, mom is probably
sitting on eggs again. Sometimes she uses the old nest and sometimes
she builds a brand new one.