Announcing Robin Watch '08!

The other day I noticed a robin hopping around our backyard picking up pieces of dry grass in its beak. Then he flew up into the willow tree next to our house and added the grass to a nest he was building. I was excited to see it building a nest in our tree. Ever since I was a kid I've had a soft spot in my heart for robins. They sing so prettily and it cracks me up how fast their tiny feet move when they run around on the ground. And their eggs are that wonderful shade of blue.

I looked it up and apparently the female robin will sit on the eggs for about 2 weeks and then they hatch. After that, it only takes another 2 weeks until the babies are ready to leave the nest.

The female robin started sitting on the nest consistently over the weekend, and so I'm going to keep an eye on her to see when the eggs hatch. The nest is in a tree right outside our bedroom window and so hopefully I'll be able to get some good shots using my telephoto lens.

Let the countdown begin!