i have robins nesting in the arborvitae right next to the door to the back yard and thanks to the late spring, by the time i got out there for any length of time they were well established. so i just moved very slowly in and out the first few days, didn't look them in the eye, gave them some space and just worked in the yard quietly, minding my own business. although i did tell them right up front that they were just going to have to learn to love me back.
now they follow me around as i mow, wait patiently as i dig, and and then in both cases, move right in for the worms and bugs 'n things. i can sit in the doorway and they come and go now, no problem, and they'll even come within a few feet of me when i'm working. pretty neat!