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Mr. & Mrs. Robin

Hi, my name is Primo. Let me tell you a story about Mr. and Mrs. Robin who live in one of my maple trees.

We have a lot of robins who live in my trees. They like our trees because they can find a lot of worms in the forest. Every day, you can see Mr. or Mrs. Robin pecking at leaves to turn them over. They are looking for worms that live under the leaves. They like to eat worms. The worms give them lots of protein. They eat a lot of worms. I see them working all day long to find worms.

Mr. and Mrs. Robin built a nest in one of my maple trees. I see them flying back and forth between their nest and the forest all the time. When they fly back to their nest, I often see worms in their mouth.

One of my humans told me that Mr. and Mrs. Robin had babies. He said he can hear them chirping in the nest. When he is near the tree, Mr. and Mrs. Robin fly to a nearby tree and chirp very loudly. They donít like humans near their nest. They watch my human very closely. They donít want him to bother their babies.

When the babies were first born, Mr. Robin would do all of the hunting for worms. Mrs. Robin would stay on the nest to keep her babies warm. When they hatch, they do not have any feathers. So their mother has to keep them warm and safe. When Mr. Robin flies to the nest, Mrs. Robin takes the worms from his beak and gently feeds her babies.

After a few days, the babies have grown small feathers called down. When that happens, Mrs. Robin can leave the nest for a few minutes to join Mr. Robin and find more food. The babies eat and eat and eat. They eat so much that in two weeks, they grow ten times the size they were when they were born.

The babies poop a lot when they are little. When they poop, they make what is called fecal sacs. These are small bags of baby bird poop. Mr. or Mrs. Robin pick up the bags and drop them somewhere away from the nest. They do that so animals that want to eat the baby robins can not find them by the smell or droppings. Robins are smart birds!

When the young robins are two weeks old, Mr. and Mrs. Robin begin to try to teach them to fly. Soon they will be out of the nest, flying on their own, and finding their own worms. Mr. and Mrs. Robin keep an eye on them, but once the babies are out of the nest, they are on their own. Then Mrs. Robin may lay another egg or two, and start all over again.

It is fun to watch the robins take care of their babies. My human likes to have them around, because the robins eat a lot of grubs and caterpillars and other bad insects. Thatís why he doesnít use pesticides in my forest, so the robins and other animals will be safe.

Below are some pictures of Mr. and Mrs. Robinís nest, and of Mr. and Mrs. Robin!

Thank you for reading my story about Mr. and Mrs. Robin, and thanks for visiting Primoís Window.

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