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« on: March 19, 2009, 04:59:55 pm »

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The American Robin
The main purpose of a robin's life is to make more robins. Migration, territory, courtship, nest building, egg laying, incubation, and care of the young are all parts of the breeding cycle. These activities happen so robins can pass their genes on to new generations and the cycle begins again. Here's the story behind those little blue eggs and the natural instincts that let mom know what to do.
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An American Robin can produce three successful broods in one year. On average, though, only 40 percent of nests successfully produce young. Only 25 percent of those fledged young survive to November. From that point on, about half of the robins alive in any year will make it to the next. Despite the fact that a lucky robin can live to be 14 years old, the entire population turns over on average every six years.
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Nesting:  Robins prefer to nest in spruce or maple trees, but are very adaptable, nesting in all sorts of trees and  buildings -- I've even seen one nest laid right in the middle of someone's outdoor plant pot.  They usually return to the same nesting area each year and will reuse nests from previous years.
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May 27, 2005. Day fifteen since I discovered the robin's nest under my bedroom window.

It's been fourteen days since the first egg was laid.

Today, the mama bird refuses to leave the nest for our photo session. I don't know if any eggs have hatched or not & don't want to startle her for fear that she will just abandon the nest.
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American Robins perform an important role in consuming large numbers of destructive insect pests. Their taste for many kinds of fruits and berries also aids those plants in seed dispersal when seeds pass through the digestive system and are deposited in areas distant from the host plant. Robins are uncommon cowbird hosts, and doing well in most of their range. In some regions in the northeast and the west, however, population declines are being observed.
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Building a Nesting Box for Robins

Robins are one of the favorites among common birds in North America. They often build their mud-and-grass nests on ledges of buildings. By providing a nest shelf (figure A) you can observe robins raise a family of young in a location that will keep them safe and sheltered.

Here's how to do it:

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