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I watched a pair of Robins build a nest this week on top of an electrical box. The nest is protected from wind, rain, hail, and anything else Mother Nature can throw at it this Spring. It is composed of a mixture of mud, grass, and trash. With Robins, incubation is done solely by the female, which is typical of species in which the male is more colorful than the female. The drabness of the female is less conspicuous to nest predators. To ensure that all four to six eggs hatch together, the female Robin does not begin to incubate until her entire clutch has been laid. The eggs hatch after only two weeks of incubation.

This American Robin is carved from Basswood, painted with acrylics, and finished with various layers of stain.

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First week of Spring! We had some beautiful skies and weather this week. Low in the mid-teens, with highs nearly reaching 50°. The trees are starting to fill up with 100s of Grackles. And the Robins are pulling up worms from the lawn when not perched high up in the trees.

A snow storm is supposed to roll through the Midwest this weekend though. The forecast is calling for 6–10 inches of heavy, wet snow. Hopefully it won’t stunt the early growth already beginning in the ground.

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