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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Did You Know???

We have a nest of robin's under our deck where I park the tractor. I therefore see them each day frequently. Now that the babies are getting larger and are crowding themselves out of the nest I see the mom and dad robin working frantically all day long from first dawn to evening bringing them insects to eat. These robins are the hardest working birds I have seen. They are constantly on the hunt for insects around the house.
I wondered what the life span of a robin was and discovered it is 15 months. Perhaps their short lifespan is due to the fact that they work themselves to death trying to feed their young. Fortunately we have abundant insects for them to bring back to the nest.


Gypsy said...

Way back (around 1971) when my oldest was an infant, a pair of robins built a nest outside the bedroom window. My baby and I watched the eggs hatch, and spent hours watching the hungry little chicks running their poor mama and papa crazy. I even got to see them when they left the nest and were taught to fly, right in our front yard. Now I'm getting old and can't remember what I was doing 5 minutes ago, but cherish the memories from so long ago watching those baby birds!

JB said...

Your info was interesting and I followed up with my own search. I found that the first year is their most difficult and as you found a lot die, but if they make it through the first year, they can live 12 or 13 years and up to 17 years in captivity. Thanks for your column, I read them all