Robin chicks sitting in their umbrella-canopy nest (left). The mother Robin perched on top of her eggs (top right). The first egg laid in the nest (bottom right). Submitted photos.

VIDEO: Mission woman watches Robin family grow, learn to fly from patio-umbrella nest

Erin Scott captures Robin chicks come of age, from hatching eggs to first flights

Mission’s Erin Scott said she felt bittersweet watching the Robin chicks fly away from the nest constructed in her backyard-patio umbrella.

She had watched the little birds grow and learn to fly over the last month, periodically taking videos of the nest since she first noticed a single blue egg nestled under the canopy on June 19.

“It’s kind of sad no longer seeing them outside the kitchen window,” Scott said. “Seeing the nest being built, the eggs being laid and then seeing them hatch has been oddly comforting.”

Scott has been off work due to COVID-19, and found solace watching the little chick grow up.

“Even though there are so many scary unknowns in the world right now, nature is still on course and the world is still thriving,” Scott said. “It’s been really fun having so many people in the community following the birds’ journey with me.”

The mother Robin chose an odd place to construct her nest, considering Scott’s backyard is surrounded by five acres of forest and she has three “crazy” dogs, she said.

When she initially discovered a single egg in the nest, she feared her dogs had scared the mother away, but a couple days later, two more eggs were in the nest, Scott said

She said she started putting out food and water for the birds.

“Both mom and dad [had] been hanging out, getting used to my 3 crazy dogs running around them,” she said.

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).

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