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Beginning_of_nest_building.JPG
This was the second day of building. The first day she brougth mud in for the first layer then just layed down a little straw and then let it dry. This way the mud is cemented to the log and will not fall off or blow off.
Robin_lots_of_mud.JPG
A big mouthful of mud which she kept taking from near the outside water hose that had been on that day. The earth was nice and moist there.
Robin_mud.JPG
Lots of mud used to build the nest.
Adding_straw.JPG
Bringing in more material to complete the nest.
Packing_it_down.JPG
She is really packing it deep here. Also once she had her babies as they grew I watched her actaully take mud out from the bottom of the nest to make room for her growing family.
Robin_packing_it_deeper.JPG
Packing the nest a little deeper using her belly. She would huddle down in there and just flop her body back and forth.
Nest_Done.JPG
The nest is done. It took her four days to build this.
robin_egg.JPG
She laid four eggs two days after the nest was done.
Hungry_babies.JPG
They are constantly hungry.
Robin_feeding_babies.JPG
A mouthful for her babies.
Robin_fecal_sac.JPG
This robin has a fecal sac in its mouth. This is how they keep the nest clean by removing this waste.
Robin_collecting_worms.JPG
Fetching worms for the young.
Last_robin_in_nest.JPG
The last little baby in the nest. The parents took one at a time out into the woods. This was the last one to go.
     
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