Sunday, August 03, 2008

Fly Robin Fly?

This morning while out on the deck, I saw mama Robin feeding her baby, and coaxing him to fly and feed himself. It was mesmerizing. I'd seen a baby robin the other evening on the edge of my birdbath, and wished him well then. He was able to fly up onto the fence, but very wobbly. It's a cruel world for little baby birds with loose cats in the neighborhood. Today, my supervised while outside hunter cat was in the backyard, but did not see what I saw. For a while at least, until we both heard some thrashing in the honeysuckle bush off the deck. Hunter cat rushed to investigate, but was scooped up and brought inside. I know it's "survival of the fittest" in nature, and cats will be cats, but I'm not against helping the underdog (underbird??) in this case. Reggae was not pleased to be escorted inside, but it had to be done. As I scooped Reggae up, I caught sight of the baby robin holding still in the bush. I brought the camera out to try and get a picture, but the baby was gone. Then, I saw it hopping to a corner of my yard, and into another bush up against the fence.
This is what I saw, two babies!

And they held still to let me get a close up. Too young to know they should get the heck out of dodge. Perhaps instinct told them I was not to be feared. How cute are they?

So, as the song says, "Fly, robin fly Fly, robin fly Fly, robin fly Up, up to the sky." And be safe out there!

I'm pretty sure Mama and Daddy Robin were watching from a distance. A month or two ago, I saw two robins swooping down at something in my back yard one morning. Thinking it was one of those roaming cats I looked out only to find they were chasing a squirrel! Mighty funny.
A week or two ago, I noticed an abandoned bird's nest in my trumpet vine. It had been there for a while, and shortly after a storm had fallen to the ground. I don't know who's nest it was, but some industrious birds sure worked hard! Notice that long blue and white ribbon? That is woven all into the nest. There was a silver streamer in it to, but I can't see it here.

More bird watching for you: This young woodpecker made quite a racket a couple Saturday mornings ago. Woody? If bugs had ears, you surely wouldn't have gotten breakfast that morning!

And I also did manage to get a picture of a hummingbird feeding on the honeysuckle. If you zoom in you can see it better. I put some arrows towards it. I've seen a couple hummingbirds around at a time this year, usually I only see one alone. I love those amazing creatures!


Donna Lee said...

I wasn't disappointed we didn't get the storms. I was at an outdoor wedding.
I have been taking glucosamine for a few years and I don't care what the research says, it makes a huge difference in my hands. It's worth every penny. I don't buy the liquid, I buy double strength caplets. They're huge but bearable.
I've watched some robins (and there seems to be a lot of them this year) chase a red tailed hawk away from their nesting area. It was funny to watch the three robins chase away this rather good sized hawk. I figure there were babies around somewhere.

km said...

I bought M a fountain for his birthday last month. It has become a haven for birds...I know what you mean enjoying them in the yard.

Roxie said...

What wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing. And tell Reggae that I sympathize with his frustration, but raw birds between the teeth isn't near as nice as it sounds.

Channon said...

Sissy has a bird nest on the front porch, and she AND mama bird are being remarkably tolerant of each other. Sissy hasn't tried to do more than look at the nest, and mama bird hasn't attacked any of us yet.

The babies hatched yesterday, but I'm afraid to try to move things so I can see them.

Glucosamine helped both Mugsy and Fred tremendously, but neither the Knight nor I have had any success, no matter what we pair it with.

rainberry said...

I got my prize from the contest today! I really like the yarn and the notecards are really cool too! Thank you!

Miss Me said...

love the bird photos. our birds have been amazing this year, too. good thing considering that i think that i am spending as much money on bird food as human food! (not really, but it feels like it.)

vegasangelbrat said...

Oh I'm sure glad you got to see the hummingbird. Its me this year that hasn't seen too many, but then our weather hasn've laowed us to sit out during the day like
Stay cool and thanks for sharing..