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The Umbrella Nest

Umbrella Nest- Tilly's Nest

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon this lovely robin’s nest. A robin must have felt safe and stealthy made a nest in the top of my garden umbrella. A few days ago, I went to take the umbrella down because of an approaching storm. I suddenly realized that I couldn’t. A nest with a single blue egg was perched under the safety of the umbrella.

Over the next few days I carefully stole peeks into the nest as Momma robin took breaks off the nest. Now there are 4 beautiful eggs.  I think the nest is just as lovely as the eggs. It’s amazing to think that from overlooked grasses, twigs, and straw, a complete work of art is created in mere days.

Birds are fascinating. I can’t wait to see when these little ones hatch. I hope all four make it.

Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

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  • Isn't that amazing?! What gorgeous globes!

  • Kathy

    My son was working doing siding earlier this year. One house had holes in the walls of the house and in one of the holes, was a robin's nest with a couple of eggs and a couple of babies. My son tried to re-locate the nest to a tree that he hoped was far away enough from the job site, he could see the mother very agitated and upset and hoped that he had picked a far enough away spot. But, she never did go to her babies in the new spot and they ended up dying during the course of the day. I don't know what they did with the other eggs but my son ended up bringing the nest home. It is truly amazing how strong and well constructed they are. We marveled over this for hours. My poor 25 y.o. son was so upset that "he" ended up killing a robin family, it bothered him for days. But they could not leave the nest where it was and it is just too bad that the mom couldn't accept the new location.