conifer as nesting habitat

sluiceAugust 23, 2012

A couple of months ago I posted this pic of Cupressus glabra 'Blue Pyramid'. A robin had made a nest and laid an egg in there. This is June 22.

So now, for the rest of the story!

Here is mama bird sitting on the nest, June 27 (taken out the kitchen window).

And again on July 7.

July 9, the new arrivals!

July 12, growing fast.

July 14, these babies are hungry!

July 15, it's getting crowded in here.

July 18, the little fledglings are about fly the coop.

July 20, empty nest!

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pasadena(z6-7WA)

Great!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 11:42AM
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dietzjm

I am always amazed at how fast they grow. Out of the egg and out of the nest in just 9 days!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 2:21PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Totally sweetah!

Dax

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 5:55PM
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wisconsitom

Brings up a good point when folks get argumentative about which plants are good for wildlife-it's about more than just food. Conifers must be the ultimate big grouping when it comes to shelter.

+oM

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 10:47PM
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Juttah

I sure miss those robins and their beautiful blue eggs! Unfortunately we rarely see them here in the desert.

Back in Illinois, we always had an active robin's nest in our spruce tree. When I was really young I believed house sparrows were baby robins because they'd follow the adult robins all over the lawn so they could steal their earthworms!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 11:08PM
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sluice

Thanks pasadena, Matt, Dax, +oM, and Juttah!

I was also amazed at how fast they grew. This was the first time I had seen something like this, and didn't realize that both parents were involved in the feeding.

Toward the end the nest was starting to sag, and I worried that it might fall out of the tree. But it did not.

I hope they come back next year!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 10:44AM
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wisconsitom

One of my favorite things to do when up at my trailer is to "sit in the back yard" which is basically a narrow strip, in the shade, before the impenetrable wall of "cedar", in this case, native Thuja occidentalis, begins. As you sit there being quiet and still, you gradually become aware of dozens of birds flitting about in the cedars, just a few feet from where you are sitting. Sometimes, depending on time of year, they are preparing nests, other times, like around now, they are feeding on seeds of the trees. Very entertaining.

+oM

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 4:07PM
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pineresin

It's 13 days each for incubation and fledging, so the chicks are already a couple of days old in the 9 July pic.

Resin

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 10:53AM
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auntyara(5a)

Awwww, that's so sweet.
thanks for sharing.
I'm planting more conifers.
:) Laura

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 7:50PM
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