First robin nest at Shakespear Park

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Ok, this isn’t a Shakespear bird – all the North Island robins released there this year have bands on their legs. But the big news is that the first robin nest has been found at Shakespear Park so they’ve made themselves at home very quickly. In fact they’re a couple of weeks ahead of the usual start to nesting in early September. During the winter males and females tend not to get on very well. About now they start to tolerate each other (translates as ‘the male stops chasing the female away’). Then he’ll begin to courtship feed, collecting food to present to her. So the seasonal pendulum swings. As long as the nest survives I’ll follow it through to fledging. Fingers crossed.

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