Who would believe that a robin would care about building a birds nest and what materials go into it? One expects the little twigs and grass but I had an interesting experience with a robin in my yard!
One day while I was working in my garden, I noticed a robin in my neighbor’s yard continually trying to pick up some curling ribbon. He was just not successful and very frustrated as he tried over and over again to pick it up. Once he flew away I, being a very curious person, went over to see why he couldn’t pick it up. Lo and behold, it was attached to a deflated mylar balloon and the hose was laying across the ribbon further up. So it was impossible to pick up this ribbon.
I found it very interesting that the robin wanted this pretty, shiny ribbon for its nest. Why would a robin even care? But I guess they have their decorating requirements just like we do. I couldn’t resist giving him a helping hand. So I cut off the ribbon and brought it and put it under the place where the robin was building the nest. Then I went inside for a while.
When I came out you can see the results from the picture. The ribbon was now a part of the nest!! Nature never ceases to amaze me!