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The saga of my friendly little robin. Episode 4 - A ‚'tail' of a robin! (Wildlife)
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Aug 4, 2019 15:22:59   #
lizcrafts (a regular here)
 
The story so far. Over a month ago I made a friend of a little robin in our garden. She next appeared accompanied by a fledgling, and after being '˜weaned' he also became hand tame.

We were curious as to what might happen as he started to grow up. Would he manage to take the territory away from his single parent mother, or would she instead, send him packing?

Well the answer is………. that the youngster is gone! The last picture I took of little 'Bully boy" was on 24th July and we haven'™t seen him since.

Interestingly, the same day that he disappeared, the adult turned up on her usual roost - but minus her tail!! We don't know if this was the result of a fight between the two, or if perhaps she was attacked by a cat in one of the neighbouring gardens. We don't allow cats in our garden!

I hope you enjoy the pictures - and what may be the end of the saga!
Thank you for looking.
Liz x
The very last picture I took of the young robin. He looks fit and healthy and hopefully now has a territory of his own.
The very last picture I took of the young robin. H...
Mother robin showing off her magnificent long tail. The picture was taken about a month ago…...
Mother robin showing off her magnificent long tail...
…….. and how she looked the morning after her son disappeared - tail-less!!
…….. and how she looked the morning after her son ...
She still came to my hand for a treat - and enjoys eating it all herself. No need to share, now.
She still came to my hand for a treat - and enjoys...
Sometimes it's very difficult to choose. They all look so good!! And look! It's almost a week later, and my little tail feathers are starting to grow!
Sometimes it's very difficult to choose. They all ...
You can just see them peeping out at the back.
You can just see them peeping out at the back....
Four more days!...and now I can make a little fan!
Four more days!...and now I can make a little fan!...
It won't be long until I'™m back to normal!
It won't be long until I'™m back to normal!...
While feeding her this morning I noticed our lily "Starburst" in full bloom - and the scent is absolutely amazing.
While feeding her this morning I noticed our lily ...
A beautiful Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) was flying around the garden. Here it is sitting on a leaf of the contorted hazel.
A beautiful Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) was fly...
 
Aug 4, 2019 15:28:55   #
auntycarol
 
Gorgeous photos thanks ever so much for sharing with us all.
Aug 4, 2019 15:29:05   #
Scarlet
 
Could she fly without those tail feathers? Your butterfly is beautiful! Will she nest again before the season is over? Our robins over here can nest a couple of times a season i believe.Have enjoyed your posting. So interesting.
Aug 4, 2019 15:29:15   #
janallynbob (a regular here)
 
I have enjoyed each and ever picture you have posted, I bet you he's looking for a girlfriend, and momma disapproves of his choice, lol, his new girlfriend is probably high maintenance, thank you so much for sharing such wonderful photos,

Janallyn
Aug 4, 2019 15:29:28   #
Irene P (a regular here)
 
Thank you for sharing this. It is a lovely story.
Aug 4, 2019 15:30:01   #
lizcrafts (a regular here)
 
auntycarol wrote:
Gorgeous photos thanks ever so much for sharing with us all.


Thank you aunty carol - I've enjoyed sharing them too.
Liz x
 
Aug 4, 2019 15:30:42   #
mover (a regular here)
 
I enjoy you tales and pics so much.Isn't Nature wonderful.Thanks,will await next year's saga.Cheers,Dianne 👍🕊🇨🇦
Aug 4, 2019 15:33:44   #
Sukiesue (a regular here)
 
Thank you so much for sharing your story, I loved reading & seeing the pics!
Aug 4, 2019 15:34:46   #
lizcrafts (a regular here)
 
Scarlet wrote:
Could she fly without those tail feathers? Your butterfly is beautiful! Will she nest again before the season is over? Our robins over here can nest a couple of times a season i believe.Have enjoyed your posting. So interesting.


Yes she could fly, but her 'steering' was probably not so good as before!!

I think that was her second brood and I wouldn't expect her to have another this year. We are hoping for more babies next year though, as long as she finds a new partner!

Thank you for looking, Scarlet.
Liz x
Aug 4, 2019 15:37:21   #
lizcrafts (a regular here)
 
janallynbob wrote:
I have enjoyed each and ever picture you have posted, I bet you he's looking for a girlfriend, and momma disapproves of his choice, lol, his new girlfriend is probably high maintenance, thank you so much for sharing such wonderful photos,

Janallyn


I love your theory about the girlfriend. Possibly live mealworms aren't good enough for her - she expects haute cuisine!!!!

Thanks Janallyn.
Liz x
Aug 4, 2019 15:38:14   #
lizcrafts (a regular here)
 
Irene P wrote:
Thank you for sharing this. It is a lovely story.


My pleasure, Irene P. Thank you for looking.
Liz x
 
Aug 4, 2019 15:40:20   #
Swedenme (a regular here)
 
So glad to see her tail feathers are re growing , love little robins we have a fairly tame one too , who sits and waits right next to me while I weed and turn the soil , then investigates the soil looking for any tasty little treats ,
Aug 4, 2019 15:41:26   #
lizcrafts (a regular here)
 
Sukiesue wrote:
Thank you so much for sharing your story, I loved reading & seeing the pics!


I'm glad you enjoyed it, Sukiesue. Thank you for posting.
Liz x
Aug 4, 2019 15:41:54   #
Beachgirl1000 (a regular here)
 
Wonderful photos! And the story of these cute little birds has been so welcome. It's a little emotional respite from the terrible news stories we're seeing right now.
Thank you so much, Liz!
Aug 4, 2019 15:43:14   #
lizcrafts (a regular here)
 
Swedenme wrote:
So glad to see her tail feathers are re growing , love little robins we have a fairly tame one too , who sits and waits right next to me while I weed and turn the soil , then investigates the soil looking for any tasty little treats ,


That's how mine started too!! They're beautiful little birds, aren't they?
Liz x
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