The mother robin perched on top of her nest beneath the canopy of a patio umbrella. Facebook photo.

Robin finds odd place to lay eggs in Mission backyard

Mother bird lays three blue eggs beneath patio umbrella, despite being surrounded by trees

Facebook photo.

Despite being surrounded by a forest, a mother bird chose a curious place to lay her eggs in a Mission backyard.

Erin Scott posted to Facebook on June 19 after discovering the mother’s nest under the canopy of her backyard-patio umbrella.

“Despite having 5 acres of trees and three crazy dogs in the area, a bird has made a nest in the umbrella of our patio,” Scott said in the social media post.

She said that when she found a solo large blue egg in the nest, she feared her dogs had scared the mother away. But the mom came back, and when Scott checked the nest again a couple days later, another two eggs had be laid.

Scott says she have no plans to evict the birds, and has even put out food and water for them on her back deck.

“Both mom and dad have been hanging out, getting used to my 3 crazy dogs running around them,” she said. “There’s been a surprising number of people asking me to keep them updated.”

After a female Robin chooses a spot to build a nest, she will make an average of 180 trips a day carrying sticks, mud and grass over a two to six day period, according to the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF).

The solo blue egg the woman found in the nest. A few days later, another two eggs had been laid. Facebook photo.

The mother robin will be watching these eggs for 13 to 16 days until they hatch, and then dad and mom will both go out hunting and feed each chick 35 to 40 times a day, according to the CWF.

The chicks will leave the nest for the first time at around two weeks old, and be fully independent after another two weeks.

If all goes to plan for the mother robin, Scott’s backyard umbrella will occupied until at least early August.

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