‘Robin Watch:’ New Brighton resident finds bird’s nest, sets up camera to record eggs hatching

Solomon Gustavo • A resident talked about water softening services at the end of New Brighton City Manager Dean Lotter’s water update presentation during the New Brighton Community Open House at the New Brighton Community Center May 5. During Lotter’s presentation, he said the city found very low concentrations of lead in some of the city’s tap water.

After finding a robin’s nest in his New Brighton yard, Jesús Aguirre decided to put up a surveillance camera in order to observe the bird, the nest and, eventually, the hatching of the eggs. 

Aguirre said he set up the camera partly because he had one lying around, but primarily because the bird and nest would be a “great thing for the kids to see.” Aguire has two children, ages 5 and 7. He said a previous spring brought a duck laying eggs near the front of the house, which his kids enjoyed to keep tabs on.

The nest, which is tucked under the eve of the roof of a playground, was first noticed over a month ago. But Aguirre thought it was part of some sort of playing about by his outdoor-loving kids. 

Half a month-or-so afterward, Aguirre took a closer look and noticed a nest with eggs in it. He first took some pictures before thinking to set up the camera. Since the discovery, said Aguirre, the kids have stayed away from that part of the playground, sticking to the swings.

As of  May 16, Aguirre said “Robin Watch” was in about day 14. He said he and his kids have watched the robin come and go, noting the bird has been spending more time stationed at the nest as the hatching approaches. The robin rotates the eggs, poking and pushing them side to side, and occasionally takes a moment to reposition itself, said Aguirre — “The robin’s been more active lately.”

Aguirre said his kids have grown close with the bird and eggs. They haven’t named the bird yet and are currently contemplating names for the chicks, he said. 

According to some Google research, Aguirre said he anticipates the eggs to hatch very soon.

Aguirre has posted some of the surveillance images to Facebook, receiving a lot of responses, which he said pleasantly surprised him. 

Ideally, Aguirre added, he’d be able to capture the eggs hatching on camera and be able to share it online, maybe by way of a time lapse video, if he he has the right equipment and can figure out how to do it.


— Solomon Gustavo

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