Stuff To Do With Kids: Make a Nesting Shelter for Robins
American Robins are wonderful birds to have in your yard. I can’t recall a time I didn’t have robins around, and even in the city where I live, there are robins in the garden behind my building. Singing furiously starting in early spring, they bring a sense of life and energy to a garden or yard. The female robin creates beautiful round cup nests from mud and other materials she finds in the area. Then she molds the shape of the interior of the nest to her own shape. These artistic nests are found in shrubs, trees, and some of the most unlikely places. Our robins are declining in many areas around the US, and despite their innate ingenuity for finding a nesting spot, providing a nesting shelter in a safe spot for them can be of help. The requirements are fairly simple for robins, and building an open nesting shelter can be an easy and fun thing to do with your kids. Of course you can also buy one if you aren’t handy. Whether you build or buy one, once its up and inhabited, you can watch the nest together and report what you see to NestWatch so they can keep tabs on the robin population.
If you are sheltering at home, why not create shelters or nest boxes for some other nesting birds? Get more plans for birds in your area from NestWatch.