[Tweeters] Our Baby Robins are "gone" ....

Jeff Gilligan jeffgilligan10 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 15:16:26 PDT 2022

If you are in an urban area with a lot of crows, they likely ate the baby robin. Though once a prolific breeder in Portland, now few if any are hatched or reach maturity. Crows used to be a wary country species there, but are now ubiquitous.

> On Jul 22, 2022, at 1:54 PM, jimbetz at jimbetz.com wrote:


> Hi all,


> The robin's nest in the tree along side of our front door is

> empty - just today. And the fledglings are hanging out in the

> front yard ... mostly just sitting in the grass while Mom(?) hunts

> for worms nearby. One has been in a low bush - and another of

> the 3 has been on the lowest branches of the large tree.

> We never saw a second adult - so I'm guessing that the one

> that is here is the female.

> We're hoping the adults will choose to use the same nest

> again for their next clutch - we'll see.


> It does seem like if a pair has chosen a particular location

> for their nest that they will return to the same nest for the

> next time (that same year). I'm not talking about just robins

> here. However, some of the nearby nests have been "once onlys".

> Next year same tree/location - that seems to be less likely.


> As I think I've reported before - just about all of the

> species we've had at the seed feeder this year are showing up

> as young birds - first with an adult feeding them and then

> quickly them feeding themselves and finally where the new

> fledgling is present at the feeder and the adults are either

> not with them or ignoring them and just feeding themselves.

> More or less in frequency of visitors we've had House Sparrows,

> House Finches, Goldfinches, Purple Finches, Pine Siskins,

> Towhees, White-Crowned Sparrows, Cowbirds, Grosbeaks (both

> but more Black-headed), Robins (on the lawn), Mourning

> Doves (on the aggregate under the seed feeder), and some

> occasional visitors such as Flickers, Stellars, etc.

> For a few days about a month ago there was a Cooper's

> Hawk that came near the seed feeder "every day" but it

> stopped visiting (I guess it didn't catch another bird?).


> The frequency of Bald Eagles has dropped -way- off but

> we still see several Vultures a day. It's been a month

> or so since we've seen a Red-Tailed (here from the house).

> Trips to the Skagit and Samish Flats have produced a

> few raptors and very little else since about the middle of

> May. I guess I'm just missing the GBHs and others ...

> We did see two adults and one juvenile Bald Eagle - on

> the ground in a field - very near the corner of Best Rd.

> and McClean (where Christiansen's is) just last week. They

> were quite near the road and stayed long enough for me to

> go around the round-a-bout and come back to stop and get a

> long look and a couple of cell phone pictures.


> ****


> I'm saddened by Gary's move - it's his life and all that

> but he is an important part of local birding and he will be

> missed.

> - Jim in Burlington


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