Feeding Time: American Robin

In 2015 we were fortunate to have a pair of American Robins build a nest and raise young in a large maple tree next to our deck. With a ladder blind and 300mm lens I was able to photograph the family for a few days. This photo was taken in late afternoon with natural sunlight shining on the hungry young.

Rain Storm: Mother robin protecting her young

In 2015 we were fortunate to have a pair of robins build a nest in a very large maple tree next to our deck. We watched (and I photographed from a ladder-blind and 300 mm lens) the parents feed and raise the young. One very stormy, rainy night, while I was protected under the deck’s roof, I looked at the nest and shot this one photo of the wet mother doing all she could to keep her young dry and warm. The next morning all were fine and things were back to normal.

A baby Robin just getting ready to fly out of the tree his nest was in.

I was able to observe a nest of Robins in a tree right up until they fledged. This picture was taken only a couple of ours before this last Robin flew out of the tree.

Cleaning up after the chicks

Removing a fecal sack from the nest area.

Dinner is on the way!

Taken in our farm yard.

Out of the nest

This photo was taken within a few hours of the chicks leaving the nest. The chick was able to fly over 20′, but couldn’t land on a branch. Landing on a log was fine. The photo was taken on the evening of 7/25. The chicks were hiding until one was spotted in a patch of clover on the morning of 7/31. It had grown tail feathers, but didn’t seem to understand it should be looking for food. The parents are still gathering food for them, and chasing other robins and Steller’s Jays out of the area. The parents are the most protective pair of robins I’ve had nest around my house, even chasing squirrels and a rabbit away from the nest area. They were more tolerant of dogs and people, though they vocalized their displeasure if a person got within 10′ of the nest. This is the second brood for this pair of robins this season, reusing the same nest.

Spreading their wings

The robin chicks are spreading their wings. The first chick left the nest the day before this picture was taken, these two left the nest a few hours after this picture was taken.


The robin’s nest is under the eave of a house. The robin chick is just opening its eyes, and is getting a mouthful. There were 3 chicks in the nest.

three robin chicks on fledge day

according to the internet, these remaining three chicks should fledge today (one chick disappeared during the night, and found found dead beneath the nest a week later)

it looked to me more like mum was laying more eggs.
She snuggled in with her chicks and preened and poked them for quite a while – a behaviour usually only seen as darkness set in.

at any rate, by dinner time, I realized she was saying good bye and the remaining three chicks fledged at dusk.
i could hear mum in the nearby bushes calling them into safety as they fell from the nest.

(update – 6 days after fleding – i have seen at least two survivors)

four chicks – ten days old

our four Robin chicks are getting quite feisty at ten days old. Now that their eyes are open (day 6), they shriek every time they see one of the doting parents approach the nest.

they are starting to look pretty cute with lovely new feathers and chick fluff still poking through

Nest watching

watching daily for the last four days, i notice the chicks did not make a sound while begging.
(the loud begging sounds were not heard until the chick opened their eyes at about 6 days old)

hatch day – first chick – first meal

after discovering a robin nest seven days earlier, I had been eagerly checking every few hours and, the “big day” finally came and the first starving chick got its first meal. Note: at least one sibling is still waiting to hatch

Robin fledgling

No Robins Zone

This robin thought it would be okay to take a break on a swallow’s nest box. The robin was mistaken.

Young Robins

The nest of Robins was in a small sprue tree in our backyard.

Crowded nest

Hungry babies.

Nest within a nest

I placed a wire “bird’s nest” basket on a table on my front porch. The basket had 3 small wooden eggs in the bottom the color of robin’s eggs. A week later, a robin built a nest in the basket.

Baby Robin

Fledgling robin just out of the nest is hopping from branch to branch exploring a new world.

Time to Leave the Nest

Two robin fledglings just before fledging

Feeding Time!

American Robin with a mouthful of worms ready to feed the little ones.

Mom is Here

Mom comes to bring food to her hungry babies.

Hungry Mouths

Four hungry baby American Robins call out for one of their parents to feed them.


An American Robin sits quietly on a nest she constructed on the downspout under the eaves of our home for protection from the elements.

Young robin learning to self feed.

Feeding baby Robin

Watching young robins being fed by Mom and Dad

One little Robin

I’m Hungry Mom

Here a nest was constructed on the fence of our next door neighbors. I could see her fly in and out feeding her young. One day I was able to get my camera at the perfect time to set up and start snapping shots. She brought in several insects to feed her young. It was a very special moment for this bird watcher.

Baby Robin

Sweet Dreams!

Robin’s Nest was built in wreath hanging on storm door. This was her second hatch of the summer. Three in each nesting cycle. All have fledged.

Waiting for directions

Every year the robins build a nest outside my kitchen window. It’s always bittersweet to see the babies leave.

sleeping babies

babies with feathers sleeping peacefully

beautiful eggs

Eggs of American Robin.

Blue eggs

American Robin built the nest on the top of the trellis where a climbing rose was growing

American Robin feeding a grasshopper to young

American Robin feeding a grasshopper to young

American Robin baby napping

cute chicks

American Robin built its nest in the rose trellis. I used to climb up the ladder almost every day fro m day one to the day they flew away.

Worms Again?

This Robin’s nest was placed in the exact right spot of our Bradford Pear tree to photograph from our second story bedroom window. I discovered the nest after the eggs were laid and documented the process until the final nestling fledged. A great experience.

Nap time

This nest was in a display of trellises at a local nursery

Breakfast Time!

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology