One image and a short story (well short for me) for today. I’ve been having an ongoing feud with a mother Robin the last several days. She first attempted to build a nest outside my office window. I kept moving the grass, straw, and mud and she finally gave up.
Then I found a bunch of straw, grass, and mud on the back patio as she was trying to build a nest on a step-ladder Jeanne had left out. I brushed away that mess and then it was several days before I went back to the patio and she had a fully constructed nest.
I hated to tear it down but what mess that was going to be. I peaked inside and there was one egg. Well, shoot! Now I can’t touch it. Now there are 4 eggs in the nest and she is mostly on the nest 24 hours a day.
Last night we had burgers for dinner and she was pretty upset with me because I kept coming out to take care of the burgers. So today I snuck around the corner of the house to grab this image. Even though it looks like I am really close, I used a 600mm lens so she wasn’t stressed out.
It’s going to be a mess for awhile, especially when they hatch and there all the chirping and feeding going on. Probably more to come. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today.
Over the last few days I have noticed increasing amounts of dead grass and twigs strewn about the patio. On Saturday I observed a Robin bringing some more “stuff” to the patio and realized that she was in the process of building a nest near my grill in the lattice-work of the trellis.
Knowing I didn’t want bird poop all over the patio and grill I brushed away the few strands of straw and grass to discourage her from continuing the process. I hadn’t seen anymore debris over the weekend. Then yesterday around 11:00 a.m. I happen to look out the patio door and saw an almost completely built nest. Well actually it was just a large clump of grass and twigs and wasn’t really organized into a proper nest yet. There was grass everywhere as a lot of the stuff she brought to the trellis blew onto the patio furniture.
So I opened the door just enough that I could get a lens through the opening and waited for her to come back. After waiting for 15 or more minutes she appeared with the large clump of material in her beak. I ripped off a dozen or more shots and that was enough to scare her away. 20 minutes later she came back and the same thing happened. Apparently twice was enough as she didn’t return the rest of the day. I cleaned up her mess in the evening and hopefully she will find a more suitable place to build her nest. 🙂
Remember you can click on the image to reveal a larger more detailed image.
While I was waiting for Ms. Robin I captured this image of a common house finch at the watering bath.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and be careful.