Despite the odd snow shower, I’m told that spring has arrived in Southern Ontario. To be fair, the daffodils, crocuses and grape hyacinths are blooming. And the rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels are busy in the garden. So maybe it’s true.
The robins certainly believe the hype. Last week, on April 16th, the first evidence of a nest appeared on the window ledge of the spare bedroom, outside the kitchen.
For a whole week we watched a pair of robins industriously carrying bits of dry grass, twig, and even the occasional strand of plastic to their construction. Until on Monday (April 22nd) the first sky-blue egg appeared in the nest.
Since then, Mrs Robin has hardly left the nest. I’ve just peered out at her (very carefully). She’s all puffed up on the nest, protecting her precious treasures from the cold, still hanging in the air after last night’s frost.
As the incubation time for North American robins is 12-14 days (I read that the other day), I look forward to giving you all a happy update in a couple of weeks!
(Sorry for the poor quality of the photos, but most are taken through a screen.)