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Mother robin chooses unusual nesting place

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  • The robin that has built its nest on a bison skull in Ed Sokol's backyard.

       The robin that has built its nest on a bison skull in Ed Sokol's backyard.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Ed Sokol points to a tree in his front yard where sparrow's feed off its berries. The robin that has built its nest on a bison skull is in Sokol's backyard.

       Ed Sokol points to a tree in his front yard where sparrow's feed off its berries. The robin that has built its nest on a bison skull is in Sokol's backyard.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • The robin that has built its nest on a bison skull in Ed Sokol's backyard.

       The robin that has built its nest on a bison skull in Ed Sokol's backyard.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Robin's unique nesting place

 
 

Ed Sokol's Mount Prospect backyard has become home to a mother robin who has chosen an unusual nesting place -- a bison skull that hangs from a shed.

"This is the second season; we think it was born here last season," Sokol said.

"There was a nest with four eggs, and they were nesting for a month or six weeks."

Sokol said according to what he has read, robins don't often build nests in the same location twice, "so I was surprised to see them this year."

As for the bison skull, Sokol and his family bought it four years ago from Woodside Ranch in Mauston, Wis., where the Sokols have been vacationing for years.

And the future of the robin family?

"We just leave them alone and enjoy watching them," said Sokol.

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