Out on a Limb! LbNA # 45881
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|Last Update||Mar 3 2011 |
Robins are one of the earliest birds to nest. Males arrive first and pick an area that is an acre in size which may broadly overlap the areas of other males. After the females arrive and join with their mates, these areas become smaller. The final size of the territory is about 1/3 of an acre. The territory is a place where mating, nesting, and most of the feeding takes place. The area will be defended through all broods though sometimes territory is switched or moved for the second brood. The female does the majority of building, although the male may help bring materials to the site. Nesting materials may be gathered up to a quarter of a mile from the nest site. The nest takes 2 to 6 days to build, and may be started up to two weeks before the first eggs are laid. The inside diameter is about 4 inches. The nest may be built on a building structure or man-made shelf 5 to 30 feet above the ground, but usually, itís built OUT ON A LIMB!
This letterbox is located at L A K E W H I T N E Y S T A T E P A R K in Hill County, Texas. Take I-35 to Hillsboro. Take State Hwy. 22 west 14 miles and follow the signs to the park. Pay your fee then continue straight on the entry road. My robin is not very mysterious, just a little elusive.
To the Box:
Youíll see the group facility building on the right. Just past that building, also on the right, youíll see a trailhead with a small parking area. Park there and walk up the steps to the trail. Almost immediately, you will come to a trail junction and you will go left. Continue to trail marker #11, which is just before a long wooden footbridge. Turn around and head back the way you came and pass through the canopy large oak trees to where the trail turns left and heads uphill. At the top of the incline, look to the right for a large double-trunk oak tree. Behind that tree youíll find the box, covered with white rocks. Be sure to replace the rocks in order to contain and hide the box.