I thought I’d have to come up with an alternative subject for this week’s blog, since the robin eggs are still incubating. I even got halfway through writing that blog in my head (don’t worry, I’m saving it for a later date), when I realised there was more than enough going on in the backyard for this week’s post.
As expected, the robins themselves aren’t doing much except incubating their eggs. By being patient, I did manage to get another peak inside their nest and can report the final clutch size is four beautiful blue eggs. With luck, by this time next week I be able to introduce you to a nest full of hatchlings.
But while the robins are just sitting around this week, it’s all go elsewhere in the garden. For starters, a pair of sparrow are collecting material for their own nest, which they seem to be building out of sight in one of the spruce trees.
Yet the most exciting news concerns the nesting box on one of the big maples out back. It’s been perhaps six or seven years since we put up that box. For the first few years we waited expectantly each spring to see whether anyone would take up residence. But we were always disappointed. Eventually we stopped hoping.
Then last week we noticed a chickadee coming out of the tiny hole in the front of the box. We waited with bated breath to see if it would return. But we didn’t have to wait long!
Since then, Mr & Mrs Chickadee have been a nonstop blur coming-and-going from the box. Initially it was to take nesting material in, but I noticed this morning that now they seem to be mainly bringing stuff out. Perhaps some of the stuff they originally selected for their bedding isn’t up to scratch.
Hopefully then, in addition to baby robins, we’ll also have chickadee and sparrow chicks hopping around in the garden before too long. It’s an exciting time down here in the aviary!