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
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.
Robins, Mourning Doves,
Blue Jays, Phoebes,
Song Sparrows, Barn Swallows and
Cliff Swallows may use this platform.
The mud pellet nests of Barn and Cliff Swallow usually
adhere to vertical surfaces underneath a ceiling. They may utilize this model minus
Catbirds and Brown
Thrashers may also nest on platforms. See discussion on platform nesters.