Article updated on December 10th, 2017
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 to learn from this nest. 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.