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Monday, 22 June 2009

Robin watching.

Our garden isn't huge but I'd be lost without it. There's nothing like watching the birds here to give me a wee lift. Nature is like a free tranquilizer.

I love the dawn chorus, too. I'm usually still awake then, and it helps soothe me to sleep, helps shut my brain down and stop it racing. Last night, I heard the first bird at 2.44am. That's early, even for a blackbird!

Let me introduce you to Newton, my regular visitor and friend. I call him Newton after a teacher I had in Primary School, Mrs Newton, who usually had her head leaning over on one side. He's quite tame (which is more than can be said for Mrs Newton). I've almost got him feeding from my hand. Almost. He comes up to about a foot or so away from me, then I give in and put the food on the ground for him. I can't bear to tease him.

At this point in my spying, a second robin came to have a bath. Friend or foe? I wondered....


Then Newton came down to eat... hadn't he seen the other one on his territory?
Uh-oh.....
He took the food to her!Newton has a girlfriend!!!!
Hurray!


17 comments:

JB's Big World said...

These are a great set of photos! Of course we are always partial to any kind of animal photos. Thanks for sharing them!
--JB

Julie said...

Wow! Lucky you, and very patient too! I hope you soon have the robin eating out of your hand. The photos are wonderful.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

I love to watch the birds too. I get it from my dad, who always fed them every day. They certainly enjoy their bath. Newton looks like such a character and what a gentleman!

Angel and Kirby said...

How sweet! Love bird robins

Feronia said...

Lovely photos! And what a sweetie Newton is.

Dragonstar said...

What a great collection of shots! Soon you'll be seeing loads of speckled baby robins, and your garden will be full and noisy.

Dragonstar said...

Hey, just went back to have another look at those beautiful photos. I really think that Newton is feeding a young robin! Not a baby, but still speckly in spite of the touch of colour on its breast, but probably one of the first brood. Lovely!

Sandy Michelle said...

Awwww how cute that he has a girlfriend! Did you say that was a Robin? Our Robins are way differrent than yours- here in Toronto. Have a great week Helena!

Sandy xoxo

CherryPie said...

So cute :-)

Helena said...

JB,

You're welcome. Thanks!

I hope you get Bear back soon.

Helena said...

Julie,

I hope so!
I might try some live mealworms, if I can bear to hold them!!!

Helena said...

Lynda,

Newton is lovely.
I think I get it from my mum. She always takes care of the garedn critters- birds, hedgehogs, anything!

Helena said...

Angel and Kirby,

He is VERY cute, isn't he?
Almost as cute as you but not quite!

Helena said...

Feronia,

I don't suppose you get robins, do you?-??? Mind you you get budgies out in the trees so that more than makes up for it!

Helena said...

Dragonstar,

Ah yes, I can see what you mean, but they did look identical before one of them got wet. I've since read that when robins are 'courting' (ahhh!) the malw will feed the female. I hope we do get to see some youngsters though, they are so cute.

Helena said...

Sandy,

I think I've seen your robins on blogs. Yes, they are quite different (still cute though). Ours are "European robins". We have them on lots of Christmas cards here!

Helena said...

Cherrypie

HULLO!

Nice to see you again!!!!