Friday, June 3, 2011

Our New Tenants

The adult male and female both are active in protecting and feeding the fledged chicks until they learn to forage on their own. The adult Robin gives alarm calls and dive-bombs predators, including domestic cats, dogs and humans that come near the young birds.

Every morning I go and work on my mother's blog at around 10 am. Recently, in the last month or so, this activity has made me an enemy of the new family of robins that have nested on the front porch lantern to the right of the front door.
At first, before the baby robins hatched, the mother robin just sat on the eggs all day and gave me the evil eye.
The baby birds are hatched and growing now, however, and the mama bird is no longer content to just glare at me as I walk into the house.
Now, she perches on a tree nearest the front porch and yells at me in that universal language of angry mothers that everyone understands, regardless of species.
I would like to explain to her that I'm just going about my daily routine, but I know she won't listen to reason. If I take too long getting through the front door, she will fly at my head. It is very alarming.
For the purposes of this blog, I decided to take the step ladder onto the porch and quickly photograph the baby robins.
This little guy is looking at me very critically. I would say that the mama bird hates me more than ever after having done this, but I don't think that's actually possible.

I also took a video so that you might hear the sound of a mama robin yelling at someone who gets too close to her babies' nest. They say that robins hang out together en masse once it gets dark out, and that they will work together to chase off predators. I am no predator, but the mama robin clearly isn't willing to take the chance. So, if I suddenly up and disappear in the next couple weeks, you'll know who is to blame.

I don't know what she says when she tweet-yells at me, but it is very hurtful!