Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mr. Robin Struts His Stuff

Unlike most of the other critters visiting my backyard who shy away from me at the start of each gardening season, Mr. Robin has no issue with hanging around nearby.

He doesn’t stay close because he likes me; he does it because he likes that I work the soil, which in turn makes worms surface occasionally. When that happens, he lands nearby and scolds me to move away, so he can claim his prize, or rather, meal.


What he still hasn’t realized is that most of the time I bury the worms back into the soil to keep them from being eaten. After all, they are good friends in the garden. (Sorry, Mr. Robin, that’s the way it is.) But once in awhile, one gets away from he and he snatches it up.


In any case, Mr. Robin and I hang around together all season long, and by the time he heads south in the fall, we’re buddies. Last year, one of his babies was so comfortable around me that it would jump on my finger when I approached it, much to Mr. Robin’s dismay.


Typically, robins live about 5 to 6 years, but they can live up to 14, sometimes longer, so it’s possible that the one in these images is the same one from last year and the year before. That would certainly explain why he’s so comfortable around me.

"Got grubs?"

Whatever the reason, I’m happy that this adorable first sign of spring allows me the opportunity to snap many wonderful photos.

"Get to work! I need food!"

Isn’t he a handsome dude?


He certainly has no problem posing for the camera.


I’m so happy you’re back, Mr. Robin. My garden just wouldn’t be the same without you.

12 comments:

  1. No robins here yet, but perhaps soon?

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    1. Mr. Robin says his cousins will be there very soon!

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  2. He is gorgeous - really great shots. One of the truest signs of spring is the return of the robins... we're still waiting... !!

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    1. I've no doubt they'll be there soon. Your robins just take a little longer.

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  3. Just saw robins in our yard a few days ago. I really love that first photo!

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    1. I think there's a robin in every yard. They're quite territorial, so I wouldn't be surprised if they each claim one.

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  4. Yep, none here yet either - only a couple hours away from Jane. But I do hear more birdlike activity in the yard, so the season is coming.

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    1. It sure is coming! I'm happy the winter is behind us.

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  5. Dear Martha,
    Richard saw your post today before I did (he had to be home waiting for the A/C repairman!) and he told me to be sure and see your robin photos! We love our robins! You took some great photos of them. In Georgia, we have them year-round, even though they are more visible in the spring...people here talk of the first robin in the spring, as if they are in the far north! :-)

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    1. Tell Richard I say thank you! He takes wonderful photos, so I am flattered. I love robins, too; they are such fun little birds, hopping around all day, working hard. They're also terrific parents, and we've been lucky for the past three springs to have a robin family on our property. I hope we have one again this year. You're lucky to have them around year round; they have such a pretty song.

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  6. How wonderful is this relationship?! Martha, the same thing happened to me a few years back except that I fed 'Robbie' worms all the time I was out!! lol He would always land at a distance and watch me closely all summer long. Then one day he never returned. But we had a bond for a while.

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    1. It is very wonderful! When these little critters feel safe around you (as safe as a little bird can possibly feel), it's such a great feeling. I'm in heaven in my garden where are these miracles happen.

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