photo: ©David Moenkhaus


photo: ©David Moenkhaus

American Robin chicks© David Moenkhaus

At first, when the mama robin built her new nest on top of one of the outside light fixtures next to our front door, we were totally against it. We thought it would be too messy and we’d most certainly frighten the birds every single time we went through the front door. But we acquiesced and let her build her nest mostly because eventhough the American robin is as ubiquitous in Illinois as it is in most of the Midwest,  I’d never seen a robin’s nest up close before – let alone one with baby birds in it.

It was so much fun having the new tenants with us, we bought a cool wi-fi camera called the Drop Cam and installed it directly above the nest so we could watch them throughout the day.

I’d catch myself watching them on my phone or iPad through out the day, checking them every couple of hours or so. I really got hooked on watching the birds preen and feed and squawk for food.  They grew fast.

Predictably, after they got to be a certain size and after about  a week of limbering up their wings, one by one they took flight and left the nest.

I hope they come back next year.





Close up of the Dropcam lens

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© David Moenkhaus












The DropCam is a really nicely designed and easy to use wifi camera. However, the cool little camera makes me a little nervous. I guess it’s because the blue glow of its LED “on” light is a little similar to the red glow of the camera on the H.A.L. 9000 computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Nikon D810 / Zeiss 100 f2 Makro – Planar with extension tubes


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