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A month or so ago there were a pair of robins nesting in a conifer outside our kitchen window but they abandoned the nest once the chicks had hatched as the noise alerted the local cat. The nest was left empty so the cat may have been successful. Now we see a robin bringing insects to the small conifer next to it ie only a few feet off the ground. I assume that the mother robin is sitting on the nest and is being fed by the male. Are these likely to be the same pair as before and why are they nesting so close to the ground when there are predators about?
We wondered whether in such circumstances it is kinder to scare the birds away at the nest-building stage before the eggs are laid so that they might go away and find a more secure place or is this interfering with "natural selection" and "survival of the fittest?