Thursday, 9 August 2007

Baby Robin

Today a baby robin came to visit. He (or she?) still had baby feathers and was probably not old enough to leave mummy yet.

First he flapped about on the patio umbrella, then the garage roof. And then he tried to land on my head. He didn't have full use of one of his legs, and was limping quite badly. He managed to perch on a patio chair and allowed me to stretch out my hand to within 1/2" of him, made some cheeping noises, and opened his beak asking for food.
Unfortunately I didn't have any worms close at hand. Silly of me, I know. I'll make sure I'm better prepared next time he comes to visit.

19 comments:

rosemary said...

No worms in your pocket? Maybe bird seed will do...sweet bird, sad about the leg.

Peter said...

So, now you got a lesson! You learn the whole life, don't you?

I hope the real mother took care of the worms this time!

lorenzothellama said...

I think robins like meat better than seeds. You could try some cat food. Hope the little mite recovers.

How patient you are to seive your compost! I just chuck any twiggy bits or un-rotted vegetation onto the next heap to carry on rotting down there. Like you, haven't a clue where the stones come from and I suspect you are right, they sneak in at night with the slugs and snails!
Lorenzo.

Libbys Blog said...

They are so adorable and fluffy when they are young!

Rauf said...

Very rarely we get pleasant guests.
Now you'll keep some worms in stock ? can't keep them for long. i think grain is fine.

tut-tut said...

Keep the cat in, is my advice.

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hope you've been collecting worms in readiness!!

Thanks for the update on the state of my blog. It seems to have rectified itself now, but quite weird at the time. Keyboard still not right, so maybe it was a combination of the two!

Sue x

Annie said...

How special a moment was that, when that baby bird asked you for a treat?

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh i had a couple of baby birds in the tree as well, I think they were robins too, but thought it was rather late for them to be babies, i always thought they were in the spring.
The woodpeckers that were in the same tree flew off a few weeks ago. sad to see them go. I don't know if it was the pigeons that have been showing up periodically have left there calling card all over the paveings in the yard, Oh yuck!!!!!111

lorenzothellama said...

Talking of pigeons' calling cards, a huge woodpigeon crapped all over my head and shoulder the other day!

I think robins may have at least two and sometimes three broods in a season, depending on the weather.

How are your little mites doing?
Lorenzo.

Martin Stickland said...

Nice bird! see you when I get back!!!

byeeeeee

Old Wom Tigley said...

Quite different from the young Robins around here... beautiful little things, I hope they make it.
From a Robins Nest To a Rooks Nest.. sounds like a good book title ;)

Suse said...

No worms handy?! Dear dear.

My mum keeps frozen sausage and mince for the kookaburras and butcher birds. They are soooo spoilt at her place.

madretz said...

I'm impressed that you had your camera so close at hand!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh how wonderful...I hope he comes again...and soon!
That is such a wonderful thing when birds come to visit...I don't like that he had a damaged leg though....I hope his mommy found him.

Luke said...

cute bird, hopefully it stays around long enough for you to get more shots of him!

Runaway Rubber Duckie said...

Better hide the cats! (If you have any...)

Ex-Shammickite said...

REPLY ALL:
Thanks for your comments everyone. Luckily for the local birds, I don't have any cats, but there is a cat next door who thinks he is the world's champion bird stalker, but to my knowledge he hasn't caught any yet.
The baby robin has not appeared again, perhaps his mummy was nearby and saw him talking to me and gave him a good telling off when she caught him. "How many times must I tell you, don't talk to HUMANS!!"
The sparrows have all grown up and the birdie highrise apartments are all empty again, until next spring.

Ginnie said...

Ohhhhh. Sweet little thing. Little Robin redbreast!