A Nest Update, A Survival Tale

If you have been following my robin’s nest story, this is an update that I will tell you right now is not all good news, in fact there is very little good news.  I just thought that I would put that out there first so that you can click away if you would like.

Here are the five healthy hatches on Thursday morning:

ISO 800 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/200

ISO 800 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/200

On Friday morning a few of the birds had their eyes open:

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ISO 800 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/250

It was Saturday when we first noticed the falcon, or Cooper’s Hawk?  I say falcon, but the truth is we are still debating which type of bird this is that is preying on the robins. We were working in the yard and the birds around started going nuts.  We looked around and saw the falcon on the corner of our roof.  The robins and a few blackbirds chased it off and everything calmed down.

This afternoon we were again outside when we again heard the birds and saw the falcon.  My oldest child got this video of the falcon attacking the robin nest:

Here is the nest moments later:

ISO 800 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/640

ISO 800 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/640

This robin could not have been any flatter or more still.  It was our guess that the falcon took one baby at this time.  It is not clear what happened to the three unaccounted for birds.  Sometime between Friday morning and Sunday afternoon they went missing.

Then the adult robins came back:

ISO 320 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/200

ISO 320 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/200

Half an hour later here is the nest again:

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ISO 800 4mm 0ev f/8 1/200

Empty.  I had my Canon 50D set up during the time that the last bird went missing.  My pictures do not shed any light on what happened to the baby. We also had a window open and didn’t hear anything.  Did the adults relocate the last baby?  At this point, that is what we suspect, so we go looking.  We notice an adult bird flying low into our hedgerow and we find the surviving baby.  When the adult leaves, I get a photo in the hedgerow:

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/50 flash used

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/50 flash used

I left the hedgerow and so did the robin, so I got this picture also:

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ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/200

I told the robin to get back into the hedgerow, but more convincing was the fact that the adult robins came back and told the baby in no uncertain terms that it was to get back into the hedgerow.  So it did.

Well, I will be keeping an eye out for this little baby.  Our hedgerow is about the best place it could be right now, but until it can fly, it is still pretty vulnerable.  I will take pictures and write an update if I have anything further.

If you are new to this story, here are the other posts:

The story begins here and I explain how I am getting the pictures. The first update with five hatchlings is here.  The second update featuring a very crowded nest is here.

Comments? Questions? feel free to leave them below.  If you have a guess to what bird of prey we have in the video, feel free to say so and explain why you think so.

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50 thoughts on “A Nest Update, A Survival Tale

  1. Wow, quite the story thru photography! I hope the little one survives but are the parents large enough to carry it to the hedgerow, or did they push it out of the nest and midge it there? So sad about the unhappy ending of the other birds 😦

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  2. 😦 gulp . I know it’s nature but . Right under your nose I do feel sad . Hope the little one left will make it …

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    • They tried, we saw them chase off the bigger bird at least twice. The interesting thing is that it was a group effort, there were other similar sized birds working to get the larger one out of the area. I am assuming they all had nests in the area.

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  3. Stories like this always makes me stop and think about how quickly things can change in our lives. Thanks for the update and for sharing. I’m pulling for the little one!

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  4. What a great set of photos and video! Too bad about the little robins. Sometimes there are hawks in our neighborhood that prey on the smaller birds and even squirrels. Guess that’s part of nature.

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  5. The story of survival! We have a very young bunny that likes to sit out in the open on our neighbor’s lawn. I keep “telling” it to move somewhere less exposed, but it doesn’t listen!

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  6. Having a robin nest in one’s garden is a mixed blessing as it is hard not to get attached to them and then worry about the babies. I’ve been through this too. Thank you for updating about your little neighbors.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  7. Hope you’ll be able to capture him on camera PJB ! if not ’tis nice to know one little baby Robin came through .

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