Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mr. Robin’s Bird Bath Angst

Mr. Robin had been working really hard in the garden the other day searching for food for his little family, and for himself.




At some point during all that strenuous labour, he decided to take a dip in the bird bath, which he thinks belongs to him.



Mr. Robin bathes several times a day; it’s one of his favourite things to do.



And while he was enjoying this favourite pastime...



...along came a Mourning Dove...



...that planted itself on the edge of the bird bath.



It preened its feathers...



...and took a little nap.



When it finally woke up, it still wouldn’t leave.



It turned around and took a sip of water, and decided to stick around for awhile.



And where was Mr. Robin all this time?

He was sitting on the opposite edge of the bird bath waiting for this intruder to leave, so he could continue his bath.



And he wasn’t pleased about it. Look how upset he looks in this picture.



He finally got fed up of waiting and flew away into the tree with his back turned to the world.

"I don't want to talk about it..."

Poor Mr. Robin and his bird bath angst...

16 comments:

  1. That is so funny! Poor Mr. Robin it certainly wouldn't be pleasant to have an audience while one bathes. I hope he was able to return later in the day and resume his ablutions!

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    1. Oh, he did, Francie. He may be upset for awhile, but not enough to give up 'his' bird bath.

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  2. Really great pics Martha. That Mourning Dove was robbin' Mr. Robin of his regularly scheduled bath-time... hehe!

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    1. That's right. How dare that other bird show up and think it has the right to use the bird bath!

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  3. Lol. Our birdbath gets used by everything from crows to squirrels. So my wife put out one of those kids turtle sandboxes and put water in it. We now have two ducks that have taken up residence in the yard. They love that turtle box.

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    1. That is so funny, WebDebris! I'm tempted to do that and see if some ducks come hang around. That would be so funny.

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  4. "Who invited YOU to the party?" That is what Mr. Robin is saying! Love the birds! Thank you!

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    1. Yup, who invited that feathery intruder to the party?! It's Mr. Robin's bird bath...no one else's.

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  5. Martha - how delightful - your post makes me smile - love the morning dove. Thank you for making me smile.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed, Debbie. And glad you stopped by for a visit.

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  6. Martha girl that was too funny ! John has been trying to keep up with our Robinator and how much water he splashes out of the birdbath .. it is incredible how much they love to splash !
    Our drama here is the little Winter wren dive bombing Mr. Chips as he gathers seeds stuffing his cheeks until nearly bursting .. now that is a funny scene to see.
    I love your pictures of your robin ! he truly looks frustrated and mad at the world for the interruption from the dove : ) GREAT job girl !!
    Joy

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    1. Joy, I don't know how many times a day I have to rinse and refill that bird bath. It's used throughout the day by several birds. It was well-worth buying.

      I don't blame the Winter wren for dive bombing the chipmunk. Chipmunks are adorable, but they're also known for stealing baby birds from nests. So that little bird is trying to protect the babies!

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  7. I originally read the post this afternoon while at work. I should be working, but I started laughing at the story and how beautifully you captured each moment. Mr. Robin's grumpy face right before take-off is priceless.

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    1. I love how expressive a robin's face is; it makes for a good series of photos, and good story to go with it!

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  8. Hahahaha! I love this, Martha. Thank you for the laugh. So funny how clueless the mourning dove seems...completely oblivious to Mr. Robin's irritation.

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    1. I know! I thought that was so hilarious. Whenever the mourning doves show up at the bird bath while Mr. Robin is there, they just don't get how much they irritate him!

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