When our Bird Cams project launched a live streaming camera from an American Robin nest, viewers had plenty of questions about nesting biology. Our NestWatch project leader, Robyn Bailey, took time to answer the questions in a live video chat.

In this hour-long video, Robyn covers questions like:

  • How old are robin chicks when they leave the nest
  • Can eggs survive being left uncovered?
  • Do lawn chemicals harm adult birds or young chicks?

Update on the Bird Cams 2017 robin nest: All of the nestling robins fledged successfully, with two leaving during the afternoon of May 21, and the third departing during the early morning of May 22. The camera is now off, but there are plans to stream any additional nesting attempts at this site (robins often have 2 or even 3 clutches per season).