Mini Mini Short Clip: American Robin Nestlings

During this past summer while filming B-roll for the monarch film I shot some wonderful little scenes, the baby robins for example. Oftentimes I just happen upon some stunningly beautiful event unfolding and because too many beauty scenes got away from me in the past, I have gotten really smart about nearly always traveling with camera bag in tow.

The four baby robins were in a nest that had been constructed at slightly higher than waist height, in a tree that was for sale at Wolf Hill. My friends at both Wolf Hill and Goose Cove Gardens are always so kind to point out these exciting happenstances, whether robin nestlings or Black Swallowtail caterpillars and eggs, and they are always tremendously accommodating, never minding when I run back to the car to grab my cameras! I only needed approximately fifteen seconds of robin footage, and here you have it! Thank you so much Kate for steering me to the robins!

In my monarch film there is a sequence about the different types of migrations that happen through our region. American Robins are especially interesting as the species has evolved a multi-fold strategy for surviving winter; in the fall, some robins leave Cape Ann for regions further south, some stay throughout the winter, and some arrive in great flocks in January and February from parts further north; for the Canada to Gloucester winter robins, Cape Ann is like their Bermuda!


8 thoughts on “Mini Mini Short Clip: American Robin Nestlings

  1. Summer before last we had a mom robin set up a nest in our porch light on our deck. It was fascinating. Needless to say though leaving and entering out of the back door was a challenge after the chicks arrived. Mom did not take our coming and going lightly! I did save the nest though after all had fledged and moved on.


    1. Wonderful ChuckII It’s so funny when they chide your comings and goings! One year a fledgling robin fell from the nest that was located in the pear tree in our back yard. Both parents were squawking so loudly I came running. I read that you should absolutely leave the fledgling alone and not try to rescue. We rounded up the cats, dog, and kids and stayed inside until eventually, the little guy flew away (after a great deal of squawky instruction from the parents)!


  2. Not only did I get to see this miracle at work, we had robins nesting on our front porch this past summer. The parents successfully raised 4 chicks. I was lucky enough to be on the porch when the last one finally got up the courage to fly off the nest. It was kind of fun being scolded by the parents every time we went out. They would follow me, hopping along in the bushes until I was out of sight of the nest.


    1. So good to hear from you Kate!! Many thanks once again for sharing so many of the wonderful encounters with wildlife that occur at Wolf Hill.

      I love your your robin story! I have a design client with a porch where the robins come back to nest every year to the same spot. Hopefully you’ll get another family next year!! They love mealy worms, especially in the early spring when the ground may still be frozen.

      Happy New Year and see you in the spring!


  3. Beautiful and you are very observant to in tune while out and about take the time to enjoy…Four mouths to feed I bet mother Robin was watching from nearby? Their poop is in a strong sheath mom picks up from next disposes nest cleaning…I watched the mothers feed wait for the little birds to open up and then drop them in in this case the one who opens most may be the most well feed!!

    “A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” Leo Buscaglia

    Thanks Dave:-) Kim:-)


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