Three Lessons I Learned From a Robin's Nest

For the past several weeks, I have really enjoyed watching a robin's nest. From the building of the nest to the nesting and caring for the babies, it has been a really neat lesson learner. Sadly, this bird used her motherly instinct and built the nest about nine feet up in the tree outside my laundry room window.  FOUR FEET OUT OF MY REACH! My husband went out and snipped a few stray branches so I could get a better view of the family. I even learned some LESSONS FROM A ROBIN'S NEST.


Did you know a mother bird eats her young's poop? She does for just a little while and then she carries it off to dispose of it. I was curious about this process when I saw her eating something white from the nest and did a little research. The poop is in a fecal sac because the babies do not have enough bacteria in their system to digest their food. Before the bacteria kicks in, the poop has partially digested food that the mother can eat while giving more worms or bugs to their young.  As soon as the bacteria kicks in, the mother stops eating the sac and then removes it .

Three Lessons from a Robin's Nest

I was telling my sister about this and she said the same thing that crossed my mind. You NEVER find an empty bird's nest filled with poop, they  are almost always very clean.  A lesson I learned from watching the nest... A good mother will do what it takes to care for her young. She may take the child's leftovers for herself while her children are given the best.  No matter what, she works to provide for her family.

These little guys are very watchful when they know their mother is about to come in for a feeding. I noticed before their eyes were even open, they knew she was  about to perch on the limb. A lesson I learned from watching the nest... Whether they could see their mother or not, they always had their eyes focused on her. I need to keep my eyes focused on the Lord ALWAYS, even when I can't see Him working.

Even little robins have that one child! You know the one. The one who seems to push the envelope, the one who seems to be a little more daring. This little bird  is that one. I've been waiting to see if he would fall out of the nest or if he would knock one of the other birds out.  But, they all survived living in a one-room house because of a patient mother.  A lesson I learned from watching the nest...  No matter what, family is it! There will  be times when things go wrong, but a family should stick together. There is no one else around who will love you as your family.

I guess yesterday afternoon must have been moving day for this family because after our trip to Miles City for groceries, they haven't been seen. I usually see the mother at the nest around 5:30 in the morning and she wasn't there this morning. I've been looking out the window with anticipation all morning, but no family to watch any longer and that is alright because I was reminded of  some lessons that I need to keep close to my heart.


  1. Great read, I love watching the birds as they interact with their babies and things around them.My Bluebirds are raising a second clutch of eggs.The other morning the father bird attacked a mocking bird that got too close.It didn't leave and the mom joined in.They knocked it to the ground.The house is on the deck and they don't mind us going out unless we get too close.Then they come after you.They watch over their babies better than some humans.

  2. Hey, Diane!

    I have really enjoyed watching this nest. I have a sparrow's nest inside an old clothesline post. I won't let Sanford take it down because they use it year round. During the winter, I go out and scoop the snow out of the hole every morning so they can get out. We don't have the beautiful blue birds like in Georgia. Those, I really miss but I get to see some just a beautiful that are only native out here. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  3. Loved this! Our mother dogs also clean up after their puppies for the first 3-4 weeks. Once the puppies start on solids, they leave the job to me...not sure what the lesson is there, other than the mother knows when her babies are about ready to leave the whelping nest and start taking becoming more independent.

  4. Thanks, Deborah. Isn't it amazing how mothers know just what is needed!

  5. Lori, this is beautiful! It reminds of something I saw years back which I considered disgusting even though I could see the reason behind. It was in my village and a baby had a cold. The thick phlegm was making breathing difficult for it and the mother sucked it out. Literally! Yuck! But that's the love of a mother. She would do anything for the comfort and wellbeing of her child. Thanks for sharing your lessons from the robins and for visiting me the other day. I really appreciate.

  6. Hello, Edith! You know, that act of love from the mother just shows we will do what is needed to care for our children. Thank you for visiting!


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