Date: 7/22/22 3:20 pm
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Our Baby Robins are "gone" ....
If you are in an urban area with a lot of crows, they likely ate the baby robin. Though once a prolific breeder in Portland, now few if any are hatched or reach maturity. Crows used to be a wary country species there, but are now ubiquitous.

> On Jul 22, 2022, at 1:54 PM, <jimbetz...> wrote:
> Hi all,
> The robin's nest in the tree along side of our front door is
> empty - just today. And the fledglings are hanging out in the
> front yard ... mostly just sitting in the grass while Mom(?) hunts
> for worms nearby. One has been in a low bush - and another of
> the 3 has been on the lowest branches of the large tree.
> We never saw a second adult - so I'm guessing that the one
> that is here is the female.
> We're hoping the adults will choose to use the same nest
> again for their next clutch - we'll see.
> It does seem like if a pair has chosen a particular location
> for their nest that they will return to the same nest for the
> next time (that same year). I'm not talking about just robins
> here. However, some of the nearby nests have been "once onlys".
> Next year same tree/location - that seems to be less likely.
> As I think I've reported before - just about all of the
> species we've had at the seed feeder this year are showing up
> as young birds - first with an adult feeding them and then
> quickly them feeding themselves and finally where the new
> fledgling is present at the feeder and the adults are either
> not with them or ignoring them and just feeding themselves.
> More or less in frequency of visitors we've had House Sparrows,
> House Finches, Goldfinches, Purple Finches, Pine Siskins,
> Towhees, White-Crowned Sparrows, Cowbirds, Grosbeaks (both
> but more Black-headed), Robins (on the lawn), Mourning
> Doves (on the aggregate under the seed feeder), and some
> occasional visitors such as Flickers, Stellars, etc.
> For a few days about a month ago there was a Cooper's
> Hawk that came near the seed feeder "every day" but it
> stopped visiting (I guess it didn't catch another bird?).
> The frequency of Bald Eagles has dropped -way- off but
> we still see several Vultures a day. It's been a month
> or so since we've seen a Red-Tailed (here from the house).
> Trips to the Skagit and Samish Flats have produced a
> few raptors and very little else since about the middle of
> May. I guess I'm just missing the GBHs and others ...
> We did see two adults and one juvenile Bald Eagle - on
> the ground in a field - very near the corner of Best Rd.
> and McClean (where Christiansen's is) just last week. They
> were quite near the road and stayed long enough for me to
> go around the round-a-bout and come back to stop and get a
> long look and a couple of cell phone pictures.
> ****
> I'm saddened by Gary's move - it's his life and all that
> but he is an important part of local birding and he will be
> missed.
> - Jim in Burlington
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