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Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring at its Best

While my husband was pruning the Weeping Mulberry Tree in our yard this weekend, he made a discovery.

I was soon summoned to the backyard to check out a nest right smack in the middle of the Mulberry tree.

This tree is always so much fun to prune. Yeah!! If you don’t get to it before it leafs out, forget it. It becomes so dense with branches that it is impossible to find your way around. So, with a little coaxing and a pair of loppers in hand, my husband went out to tackle this fun job. This tree is really a fun tree if kept in check. We have seen a group of these at the Cleveland Botanical Garden They are in their Children’s garden and form a tent like structure which makes great child play.

Once my husband began to prune the tree, he noticed that there was a lot of squawking from two robins in another tree. He soon put things together. A finely woven nest was spotted with four beautiful blue eggs in it. Well that got our curiosity up.

Now we will sit and monitor the nest. As of today, mom seemed to be sitting very still for extended periods of time.

I don’t know if my movement, while looking out the window, made mom fly away for a time, or if she just needed a break. We are not sure just how long these eggs have been in the nest and are a little worried that we have now removed some of the cover for mom and her eggs.

According to Wild Birds Unlimited, the male robin is the one that sings, but both male and female make alarm sounds. This must have been what my husband heard. Robins eat insects and berries. Check out these amazing facts: Robins can eat up to 14 feet of earthworms in a day!” Their life cycle is usually around one and a half years. Most of the nest is built by the female in about five to six days. The number of eggs in our nest is typical and mom incubates these eggs for approximately 12 to 14 days. It takes about 10 days for the babies to get all of their feathers. They leave the nest in 14 to 16 days. More to come later...


petuniababi said...

We have lots of robins in our back yard.We have a crape myrtle tree that we hung bird houses and houses made of gourds.We have never seen robins go in any of them,but several bluebirds have taken up residence.We keep finding a little blue egg here and there under the tree on the ground and we are wondering what's going on.Can someone give us some idea what's happening.

lsteele said...

I have a tree in my yard that looks alot like your weeping mulberry tree. I am not sure how/when to prune it. I love the tree, but the top is getting out of hand, and don't want to do something and it cause harm to the tree. I was wondering if you could send me an email, at and maybe give me some insight on what to do.