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#1 RyanWarnerPa

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:56 PM

According to the research I've done, American Robins don't re-use a nest, rather they build a new nest for each brood. However, this past weekend I noticed that a Robin had relined an old nest and has four eggs in it. I haven't been able to tell if it's the same Robin, I don't have enough pictures of the new nester to compare to the old nester yet. So, is this something that other birders on here have witnessed? Does it just not happen often enough for the experts to recognize and document it?

And, What's your take on removing a nest after the brood leaves?

#2 creeker

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:16 PM

I remember when I was a kid, like 40+ years ago, seeing them using relined nests on more than one occasion. I just thought that was normal behavior. I wouldn't remove an old nest for just that reason.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:18 PM

I had robins use the same nest in my crab apple tree for two seasons

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:24 PM

This year no robins used the same nest as last. . . but they have in past years.

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