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Bird's nest & eggs ID please!

During the winter my pots of ferns are taken down from my "fern wall" and relocated on the ground under the pergola, protected with a thick layer of wild ferns fronds.
This morning, as I had just started moving those pots back to the "wall", I was surprised to see a small bird frightened fly away from the corner where the pots sat. I then discovered this nest with 5 eggs, inside the pot of my Crested Japanese Painted Fern!
I took the pic and re-installed the cover of old fronds, in the hope that the frightened bird will return to its nest... There is no hurry for me to relocate the pots anyway, I can wait.
Can any of the bird lovers on this forum ID those eggs?

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  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,290
    I'm no expert, but my guess is Robin?
  • WhiteRabbitWhiteRabbit Posts: 42
    edited 18 March
    Robins' eggs are usually blue, so no, probably not.  House Sparrow probably, or Great Tit?
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,547
    edited 18 March
    The only eggs that I’ve seen that are speckled red are a wren’s eggs.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,389
    They're are European Robin eggs.

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,740
    edited 18 March
    Agree with @Sheps
    @WhiteRabbit : European Robin Erithacus rubecula : white, speckled eggs (my pic)
    American Robin Turdus Migratorius: blue eggs

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • WhiteRabbitWhiteRabbit Posts: 42
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,453
    Robins here are very tame and trusting. Eurpean, not so much. I hope it returns.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,389
    No need to apologise @WhiteRabbit easily done.

    American Robins are beautiful and about the size of a Blackbird.

    One turned up in Bingley.back in 2007 and spent 5 weeks in one of the local gardens.
  • The size of nest and eggs looks like robin. RSPB said the parents may desert the nest if they think its been discovered. Also it couldnt be a tit as they nest in boxes, trees and crevices. 
    Happy Gardening
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