Birding/Robin nest


We had a robin build her nest outside our back door about two weeks ago. We see the pair in the yard constantly but not coming to her nest. She has not laid and eggs is it possible she has built another nest and left her first one?

Yes, it is possible. Sometimes robins and other birds build a nest but for some reason abandon it and build another one elsewhere. This is especially true for young birds that have not built a nest before. It takes practice to build a new nest and the pair may have decided it isn't suitable. Sometimes, however, they build a nest and go away only to come back to the original nest, but that's less likely.


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Roger Lederer


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