Front Porch Robins

Some of my outdoor chores get pushed off until I absolutely have to do them. This year, tidying my front porch took a backseat to starting the kitchen garden, fixing the water features, repairing the lawn equipment, and so forth. But we had company coming for Memorial Day weekend, and I wanted the porch to be inviting for our guests. So I finally spent some time on Saturday morning cleaning up the porch.

As a shed-less gardener, my porch doubles as a space to store some of my garden things. I’m a nest collector and I usually stash new nests on my porch until I can tuck them in my containers. Yesterday, I had the idea to display all my nests in a large french bird cage.  I was gathering up nests when I stumbled on a real robin’s nest perfectly nestled on a shelf not two feet from my front door.

Real nest

I was absolutely sick that I had disturbed the area around the nest and I quickly put things back in place. Thankfully, Mother Robin was back at her nest within 15 minutes.

Mama Robin Sign

My front porch robins have been fine neighbors. I had noticed a robin swooping away from my porch over the past few weeks, but I did not suspect they were building a place to live. The kids can see the nest from the front window without disturbing the robins. When we have a visitor, or open the front door, mother robin just flies off to a nearby shrub or tree branch and simply waits for the porch to be clear. She flies back to the nest after about five minutes. Fortunately, the robins do not dive bomb us.

This morning, I stepped out to get the paper and I peeked in on the nest. To my surprise, there are already two starlings in the nest.  Baby Robins

So, it’s an exciting Memorial Day: Dad is reading his paper, I’m spending the day writing and the kids are learning about robins.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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  1. MaryDon Beeson on May 27, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Congrats on the new birdies they picked a great home!

    • 6ftmama on May 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you MaryDon. I keep thinking of your little grandbaby and I’m praying for good health and peace for mom & dad. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Ruth Packard on May 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I love this serendipity!! And what an incredible memory for your children. I’m curious to know if the robins built a new nest or rented one of yours.

    I am such a lover of porches!! Yep! I want to visit with you and the robins on your porch!

    • 6ftmama on May 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      I really think they are on top of a nest I bought – I felt so bad because I went to pick it up because I thought I bought it at a store!!! Hats off to Mama Robin – her nest is built so nicely she could sell it on etsy! Yes, Ruth – I’m quite sure someday we will meet. 🙂

  3. Deborah Weber on May 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Oh how wonderful – what a perfect Spring nature celebration for your family. What gorgeous nest and sweet little feathered ones.

    • 6ftmama on May 27, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks Deborah. Between the duck family, the baby rabbits and now the robins – we’ve got quite a lot going on!

  4. Lutty on May 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Love the nesting story. We too finally got around to cleaning and organizing our porches (compnay coming LOL). I planted some Gerbera Daisies and Geraniums on my south porch and some coleus and Impatience on my north one. Got my fingers crossed. They are getting well watered with all our rain.

    Love the sounds of birds. We are blessed with Robins, Cardinals, Orioles, and more.

    • 6ftmama on May 30, 2013 at 1:01 am

      Hi Judy. Thanks for stopping by! Yes, the outdoor chores have taken FOREVER this year due to the cold spring. The little robins are doing great and the weeds are, too. Ha.

  5. Michele Bergh on August 6, 2013 at 6:34 am

    This was such a special experience you were able to have! I am grateful for being able to visit them before they left the nest.

    • 6ftmama on August 16, 2013 at 1:37 am

      Hi Michele. Yes, they were a fun surprise and I’m so glad you got to enjoy them as well!

  6. marilyn on August 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    What a gift and a surprise! Love it when mother nature comes to visit up close and personal like this. I love your photos!

    • 6ftmama on August 16, 2013 at 1:36 am

      Hi Marilyn. Yes, our Robin neighbors were a special part of our Spring this year.

  7. Leanne Chesser on August 7, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Oh, so adorable! What a great learning opportunity for your kids!

    • 6ftmama on August 16, 2013 at 1:36 am

      Hi Leanne. Absolutely. My kids adored having the robins and their nest so close to the house. We watched a ton of robin videos and learned quite a bit about them.

  8. Sue on August 8, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Super sweet Jennifer. I love the simple things in life!

    • 6ftmama on August 16, 2013 at 1:34 am

      Hi Sue! Yes, this little Robin family sure made our Spring extra sweet!

  9. george zahn on June 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    when can i take a robins nest away, it is on my yard tools and i need to get to them soon, reply to
    a concerned bird llover.

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