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    This is becoming my nightly reading, very entertaining and interesting!
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    We have a silk flower wreath on our front door...well, we HAD a silk flower wreath on our front door! Every time we put it out, a pair of robins starts building a nest on it. As soon as I see them flying onto the porch, the wreath comes down. After reading this thread, I'm glad we haven't let them build a nest and lay eggs on our door. All this watching and worrying would wear me out!

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    wow, what a story!! I knew about a Coocoo doing the same thing, I remember learning about it in school. You having the photos to go with the story really makes it interesting I really like the cow remark LOL!
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  4. #34
    HAha, Lynnie! lol
    This morning there is still just the one (insert expletive here - mine would start with a B) egg. In a few days I'll try and take out the other. :O)
    ~Kelly




  5. #35
    yesterday I took photos of the crow noshing on the robin babies while the parent robins dive-bombed it. Sad and real.

    A few years ago I had robins nesting and was awakened by screeching and watched while two threw the third to the ground.
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  6. #36
    I'm a little late to this thread, but find it fascinating. Be careful Kelly. You're probably too young to remember the commercial, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!"
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  7. #37
    Kelly, I don't think the blue jays turn mafia or anything, just lazy
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    Happy to hear the nest updates! Good to hear that all is well, or relatively so at this time-keep us updated!
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    First of all, AMAZING photo Kelly! What a drama in your backyard! Who knew!
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    Ok,I read and waited,then couldn't resist chiming in... I am a long time "birder" and have endured many mishaps... we are always plagued by raccoons and they are famous for tearing the nests up and breaking the eggs, I also spotted a bull frog capture a young bird and attempt to eat it. I stepped in and hit the bull frog with a shovel,rendering him unconscious,then I gently removed the live bird and placed it where I thought the mother would find it. Later when I checked back,the bull frog was gone and the little bird was with his mother. Kelly,good luck in your endeavor... too bad they don't have bird children services,lol!
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  11. Yesterday, as I watched a bully blue jay chasing our female cardinal I was reminded of this thread with the ongoing stories of how hard our feathered friends work to build nests, lay eggs and then protect them. There is drama out there in our back yards!
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  12. #42
    imho, blue jays are awfully attractive but can be pretty darn mean too. I had a cat that caught one (more balance of nature...) and almost got inside the house with it. God help us with one inside!
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    Today would make day 10 for the cowbird egg that I left in the nest. Since they hatch in 10 to 12 days I took it out. Again, mama saw me do it, but I wanted to wait until she was staying on the nest longer in hopes that she can protect it in case Vito decides to come back. Fingers crossed. gulp.
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    Thanks for the update, now we wait for the hatching to begin, and pics, I hope!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mugsbigsis View Post
    Today would make day 10 for the cowbird egg that I left in the nest. Since they hatch in 10 to 12 days I took it out. Again, mama saw me do it, but I wanted to wait until she was staying on the nest longer in hopes that she can protect it in case Vito decides to come back. Fingers crossed. gulp.
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  16. #46
    HA! Linda. Don't jinx me! lol If that finch looses her babies after all of this she'll never understand that I was trying to help her. (And, yes I will have learned my lesson.)
    ~Kelly




  17. #47
    My robin's eggs have hatched but I can't see the birds enough to see if they are really robins. Good luck with your finches.

  18. #48
    After a day and a night I was convinced that mama bird had abandoned her nest. But, yesterday I saw her. She is now sitting on just 4 eggs, and they are all hers. :O)
    ~Kelly




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    Thats good news!! I hope that cow bird learned that your backyard is off limits!
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    Sick to my stomach. There were 4 this morning.

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    Oh man...we had high hopes!
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    Oh no, Kelly We have four baby robins (you may have seen my photos on facebook) and they are becoming quite active in the nest. I don't think it will be long before the nest is empty. Here's a photo I took yesterday. You can see two of the babies with mom and dad.

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  24. #54
    Mama has one newly hatched baby bird now. I don't want to bother her with trying to get a pic. I can hear that dang gangsta bird in the neighbor's yard.
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    HaHaHa! Kelly thats funny, at least the gangsters didn't finish them all off!
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    So glad she has a hatched egg, such drama! I've been following this thread, who knew birds had such complicated lives! We have house martins on the front of our house just now, but too high up to get any photos, and I don't like to disturb them.
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  27. #57
    Today, the second egg hatched. I'm thinking this mama will have her two babies without any more hassle. Let's hope. Learning about all this bullying in a species that isn't called "middle schoolers" has made me feel like I live a sheltered life. Eating other animals for survival is one thing, but bullying? Maybe I look through my zoom lens too much. lol
    ~Kelly




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    Glad to hear that they both hatched, sad about the two missing, did you find them on the ground?
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  29. #59
    Valerie, I found those first two on the ground, but the second set was MIA.
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    I think they are going to make it. :O)
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