I finally started to photograph the robin nest outside my breakfast room window. There are definitely two robins feeding the chicks. I believe one is a male, for it has a darker hood and it allows me to get closer before flying away. The two birds bring mostly worms and I think I saw a bee or something that resembles a medium sized insect.
The three chicks are like asparagus, growing so quickly that if I had a microphone near the nest, I swear I would be able to hear them grow. They are large enough to fill the nest and the female is unable to sit atop them, perching beside the nest at night.
The post atop which the robins built their nest is less than two feet from the wall of the house on the WNW side of the house. Two Clematis that climb the fencing surrounding the post give the nest cover. I believe this is one of the reasons the location was chosen by the robins. The leaves from the Clematis also shade the nest from later day sun, only allowing some dappled light through to the nest. This created a situation of poor lighting for photographic exposures. I had to get out my kitchen scissors and do some pruning.
|Female robin over nest internal point of view|
|Male Robin with bee external point of view|
|Male robin with worns interior point of view|
|Three robin chicks internal point of view|
I am still thinking of adding a reflector to the house somehow to add even more light to the inner nest area. A remote controlled battery powered led light suspended above the nest would be even better. That will be a chore for this winter with installation before the arrival of the robins.