Robin Protective Behaviors
we have a robin building a nest in a low tree next to my
front door at home. I can watch this process and it is fasinating. My
questions is after the robin lays the eggs will she get protective? will
she fly around chasing us if we are near the tree and not bothering her at
all? will this happen after the eggs hatch? Is there a way to discourage
the robin from building the nest in this tree?
Yes, she will be protective or might abandon the nest early )-: birds are
typicalky very territorial so there is a good chance she will be back.
Yes, both male and female adult robins will tend the young after the eggs hatch, and
will be protective. Birds are individuals and don't all act the same, but it is common
for adult robins to be a little aggressive, but not usually as much as red-wing
blackbirds, for example. I can't say how close you will have to be before the adults
chase you, probably within ten or fifteen feet or so. Some robins are pretty calm and
might not chase a person at all. If you really need to discourge them from building in
that tree, it will probably be hard. Frightenng them with loud noises, garden hoses or
the like might work, but it really isn't a very good idea unless there's a very
important reason for them to not build there. Enjoy watching them, its a great treat.
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Update: June 2012