Tuesday, April 10, 2012


The small nest tucked within the branches of the
front door wreath is now home to five little eggs.

However, I have had a growing concern that the
parents have abandoned these miracles.

Since I have been home from my travels, I have
yet to see the mama or papa. However, I am not
sure if mama is there at night, as I had my husband
turn off the front porch lights that automatically
switch on at dusk, in order to keep them safe.

I am desperately seeking information on nesting
habits... is this behavior of not seeing mama on
the nest during the day uncommon?

Many Thanks!


Janet Ghio said...

Its a beautiful nest and eggs. I'm no bird expert--but I think the mama should be on that nest.

Amanda said...

Because of the color, I guessed robin's eggs. Here's what I found: On The Nest
Until they've laid a full clutch, robins allow all the eggs to stay cool so the babies don't start to develop. It means all the babies hatch close to the same time. Mother robins may start incubating their eggs during the evening after the second egg is laid, or after all the eggs are laid. They sit on the eggs for 12 to 14 days. The female usually does all the incubating. Even in good weather, she rarely leaves her eggs for more than 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

If the mother isn't there, I think the nest is abandoned! :(

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

Thanks Amanda... the eggs are from a pair of House Finches but I am also thinking the nest has been abandoned... =(((

Toni said...

Tracie, I don't have a good answer for you but will ask my audubon friends to see if they would know.