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Friday, May 24, 2019

Baby robins can't fly well when they leave the nest

American robin babies must build up muscles and grow adult feathers to be strong fliers. It takes 10-15 days after fledging before the babies are capable fliers. To help ensure that the baby robins in your yard are safe, keep cats indoors and don't use unnecessary pesticides in the lawn and garden.

Their camouflage markings help disguise babies from predators. If they are scared or want to avoid detection, they squat in on the ground with their head up. And they blend right in with their environment.

American robins average two broods in one year. Both parents feed the babies. A robin might make 100 feeding visits to its nest each day. That's why a good territory is important to robins in spring.

Unfortunately only a quarter of those that do fledge survive to November. From that point on, about half of the birds alive in any year will make it to the next. These birds will return to the same territories from season to season. Sometimes they build a new nest on top of their old one. The female lays 3-7 light blue eggs that are incubated for two weeks and the young leave the nest in about another two weeks.

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