Robin’s nest

Amateur Gardening - - Your Letters -

IT seems the robins have been mak­ing more use of my hang­ing bas­kets this year than I have!

A few weeks ago I de­cided to clear out some of the clut­ter in the shed and won­dered why my res­i­dent robin kept com­ing in­side. Af­ter about two hours of re­mov­ing spades, forks, card­board boxes and things I hadn’t used for years, I picked up two hang­ing bas­kets on top of a shelf. I couldn’t be­lieve my eyes when I saw four chicks snug­gled up to­gether, eyes closed.

I care­fully put the bas­kets back and stopped the shed clear-out. I left the shed door open and spent a very anx­ious evening wor­ry­ing about the chicks and whether the par­ents would re­turn. How­ever, the next day I saw the adults fly­ing in and out of the shed, feed­ing the chicks, and 10 days later the fledglings emerged.

They are now fly­ing around the gar­den and still be­ing fed by the par­ents. A happy end­ing, thank­fully!

Les­ley Up­ton, Maiden­head, Berk­shire

Now the robins have flown

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