We were getting ready to make a trip to the hardware store and my husband said "do you want to see a robin sitting on her nest?" Of course, and I picked up my camera and headed out the door.
There she was, sitting on her nest in my River Birch Tree. I didn't want to scare her off her rest so I just zoomed in and grabbed a quick shot. Doesn't she look motherly sitting there.
After we returned from the hardware store (we are cleaning our deck and staining it), I became curious and wanted to know how long it takes the robin eggs to hatch. So I googled it and found out it takes two weeks.
Here's what else I found out:
The female robin lays one small blue egg each day to a total of three to five eggs. She feeds on earthworms in the morning in order to ensure that her body has the energy to handle the physical demands of laying an egg. Until all eggs are laid, she may limit the time she spends sitting on the nest. This is to keep the older eggs cool so that the entire clutch develops at roughly the same time. Until the eggs start to hatch in approximately two weeks, the mother rarely leaves the nest for more than five or 10 minutes at a time.