It’s Spring, and this Robin is on the nest of her choosing atop a rain drain pipe connector under the roof of a human house. Although birds may seem to build nests in fragile-looking locations, they are constant maintainers and guardians of their chosen territories, so few of their houses fall victim to wind and weather conditions.
This Mother-to-be built her nest deep below, nearly completely around the pipe, to support the actual small birthing area above where she will hatch her eggs.
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
This particular Robin is easily recognizable in our backyard in Napoleon, Ohio, as he/she has a abnormality, or some sort of break, in her wing. The white portion showing within her back feathers isn’t a blossom. It’s part of her wing, and if you look closely, you can see a portion of feather bone lying across that white patch. She, however, functions normally, and gave birth to a brood this Spring.