Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Robins ~ Summer's Common Birds

Although the Robin has the reputation of
announcing Spring it is also the commonest
of birds in the summer. I must have taken
hundreds of pictures of them this year.

While visiting my daughter in June I saw
a Robin attend her young at Wildwood
Park. The nest built on top of a rain
spout at the Nature Center.

Sitting on my deck at home....
I 'caught' the common Robin and her mate doing
the wild thing! A first for me. It took 3 seconds so
I was lucky to have had the camera in hand
and turned on at half decent settings.

She was gathering nesting material while he is not far away.
(Seen in the background) when the 'event' happened

This process of building only took a few days until
the nest was ready for housekeeping to start.

The site was in my Forsythia bush ... see her eye
looking back at us?

In a matter of days the eggs had been laid and the
babies were hatched.

And before you could say 'Robin' this baby was so big you
could no longer see the nest or his siblings.

Meanwhile mom and dad gather food for their hungry
crew. Worms are a favorite.

Sometimes I would see one of them with a moth
in their mouth... ready for the delivery to the nest

Other times they would gather berries...

Early one morning as I came out
there was a baby on the ground...

He ran quickly into the grass making quite a lot of noise....

Mom was there in a flash scolding me and leading her
baby to safety.

Another Robin happening... I was at a jewelry party
hosted by a friend on her back deck when I saw a Robin
fly into an artificial geranium.

Of course I have my camera in the car....and run to get it
and see a baby eye peeking out at me.

You never know when the opportunity will arise for
a picture shoot... be prepared.
I made a thank you card using a picture of the Robin
in the flower
basket and sent it to the hostess.

And of all the things Robin's love to do.....taking
a bath is one of them! I found this poem on
the 'Children's bird day' Site. enjoy!

The Robin's Bath by Evaleen Stein

A flash and flicker of dripping wings,
A wet red breast that glows
Bright as the newly opened bud
The first red poppy shows,

A sparkle of flying rainbow drops,
A glint of golden sun
On ruffled feathers, a snatch of song,

And the robin's bath is done.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done


Bird Girl said...

You have a nice variety of robins here and I enjoyed seeing all their different activities...that little fledgling is just so darn cute! I love the little thing and watching them follow the parent peeping and begging is almost an everyday sight in our yards!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WoW!What a series!The Robin may be common.but your pictures are anything but.Great Shots.

Razzberry Corner said...

Your photos are amazing! We all love the robin, but now I look twice at them! I look forward to reading you blog ~ thanks! ~Lynn

Tina said...

What a delightful series of photos and your commentary easily flowed with the pictures...a very nice read!
I'm so glad you carry that camera so've really bagged some amazing shots this spring and summer.
Those little (?) robin babies are just so cute..with all their little speckles..kinda like freckles!Great Post J.

Jack said...

Your pictures are really amazing...good photography too..

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