The Robin platform design has an 8" by 8" base,
approximately an 8" ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.
Mount this platform on the side of a garage or shed over
looking both open spaces and foliage in your back yard from seven to fifteen
Carefully select a location that provides a balance of
protection from predators, elements, access, visibility, and varying
sunlight. Make sure objects that cats and squirrels can climb do not provide
access to the nest.
Do not mount in a tree. If a robin nests in a tree it
usually places its nest precariously out on a limb where predators cannot
climb. The idea of a platform is to simulate a cliff edge. Sometimes
platform nesters like the shelter of a porch roof, but not too much
confinement. They like to survey a wide berth from their roost.
If placement is under a porch roof or under a wide eave,
utilize the open platform with no roof (left).
They tend to return to the same areas each year and they may
recall familiar platforms where they can nest the following year, so it's
good to mount platforms even out of season.
Remove the nest in late summer or fall after the brood
rearing seasons are over.
See assembly instructions and complete plans below.
Phoebes, Blue Jays, Doves, Song Sparrows and Barn and Cliff
Swallows may use this nesting platform, although the mud pellet nests of Barn
and Cliff Swallows usually adhere to vertical surfaces just beneath ceilings.
They may utilize this model minus the floor.
Catbirds and Brown Thrashers also occasionally nest on
platforms. See discussion on platform nesters.