Tuesday, 13 August 2013


Yesterday morning as I sat looking out of the window whilst drinking my first cup of tea of the day I noticed some movement underneath a bushy shrub that grows in one of the borders and out popped a Robin, the first I've seen in the garden for a few weeks now, accompanied by a juvenile that's just moulting into its adult coat. While the youngster sat on a low perch and watched intently as the adult bird, all the while 'ticking' and bobbing up and down, moved around and visited various locations in the garden..a water bowl on the lawn, some of the feeders, the bird table, the ground feeder and even into the small tree/bush where all the small birds seem to flee to when something in the garden panics them. Thinking about this behaviour later it dawned on me that it looked as though the adult was giving the youngster a guided tour of where to find everything around the garden!

And I guess my thinking was somewhere near the mark because this morning at roughly the same time as yesterday the young Robin (no Adult?) appeared and followed almost the exact route around the garden as the adult had 'shown it' yesterday.

I guess it's a case of once shown never forgotten.

Isn't nature wonderful?


Carole M. said...

it sure is Trevor and these are beautiful, crisp photos of a sweet bird

douglas mcfarlane said...

Nature is amazing and odd quirks appear from time to time. For example yesterday afternoon as I was devouring a bacon buttie I saw my first garden visitor that wasn't a wood pigeon or collared dove, a juvenile Robin. I saw your post and was wondering if by chance you were lurking in my bush lol.

ADRIAN said...

It is Trevor. It wont be long before the juveniles are fully developed.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Trevor

Yes Nature is wonderful. Yes I often sit at my window at the back and watch all thats' going on and if you do it often, you get to know 'your' birds habits quite well. That was lovely for you to see the adult teaching her young the 'ropes' Great shot of baby, nearly a teenager.

Roy Norris said...

You won't need to erect signs now then Trevor. Lovely images of what is a colourful little bird in its own right.

The Herald said...

Thanks Carole...[;O)

Oh! no! Douglas, you've found me out. Those bacon butties did look good I nearly broke cover to snaffle one...lol...[;o)

Adrian, it won't be long, I guess this one will soon be 'boss' of the garden!...[;o)

Thanks Margaret. Yeh, it's always good to do a bit of window watching!...[;o)

Thanks Roy. I think it's found it's way around okay!...[;o)


Looks like another mouth to feed Trevor, it has been a good year or the birds to breed this year. Great photos.


holdingmoments said...

Great bit of observation Trevor.
Still waiting for my Robins to appear.

The Herald said...

Thanks Peter. I don't mind how many turn up, the more the merrier!...[;o)

Thanks Keith, I'm sure 'yours' will turn up soon...[;o)

Andrew Fulton said...

So wonderful to see Trevor...I have one in my garden but it's still speckled all over... no sign of a red breast yet.

The Herald said...

Yeh, good to see Andrew, I'm sure the one in your garden will soon be looking it's beautiful best!...[;o)

Bob Bushell said...

It is your table that they go to, love it.

grammie g said...

Hi Trevor...Well he is a cute little bugger, but I am concerned though about the fact that in the first one it looks like he might be already sporting a sparse beard ; }

Wouldn't it be nice if when we show our children how to maneuver in life they would at least "try" what we tell them !!
He's a good kid!!

Great photo's !!

The Herald said...

Bob, I'm glad they do, it's good to see them and they're all are welcome...[;o)

Hi Grace...Perhaps the next step in its learning curriculum is a lesson on how to get the perfect shave!..lol
Or maybe it'll adopt the 'hairy' style!!

Kids always take notice of what their parents say...don't they? I bet you did??...[;o)