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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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May 30: Picture of the Day

May 30, 2010 at 08:53 PM

Robins are one of those birds that are so much a part of our daily lives that they can almost become an oversight.

Except when they are nesting. The world is filled with pictures of robin nestlings in wreaths, arbors and trees across the United States. Here is one more.

This little robin is actually nesting in a small tree that is at eye level for an adult, but is observable from little guy level as well. In other words, youngest son Boo Boo, 2, knows about this nestling and is proud to point and say, “Birdy, Birdy.”

Today we went to visit and Momma Robin was sitting tight on the nest while this little one wiggled around behind her. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says robins lay clutches of 3-5 eggs, but in this nest all we’ve seen is one little nestling. The little bird kind of reminded me of Boo Boo, actually, what with all its open-mouthed squawkings.

Cornell also said that while a robin can produce three successful broods in one year, only about 40 percent of the nests produce young. And of those, only 25 percent of fledglings survive to November. So the odds don’t favor this little rascal. But the good news is, if he/she makes it, robins can live up to 14 years.

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