American Robin

The American Robin is not shy about building its nests near areas where humans frequent. It’s not unusual to find a nest successfully producing chicks on the underside of well trafficked decks. However, since the fledglings can not fly when they leave the nest, this sometimes results in the fledglings ending up places they shouldn’t such as landing in pools. In addition, though they have left their nest at the appropriate time, they are still dependent on their parents’ care for some time and it will still be a while before they can fly. Well meaning people sometimes kill them by thinking they are injured and taking them inside to care for them. The parents think their young has been eaten and move on while the fledgling will fail to eat appropriately. If you see one hopping around on the ground, leave it alone. Mom and Dad are probably not too far away.

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