I was totally caught this morning talking to a bird as I began my walk. As I was leaving my home, I noticed that there was a Robin on the power pole in my front yard. He was merrily singing and just like Snow White in a Disney movie I began to talk to him.
I said, “Good morning, Mr. Robin!” And I smiled up at him in expectancy for his reply. Then it was if I heard that sound that the needle makes on an album that you have just scratched. I was brought to reality as a jogger came up to Sally Bee and told us both “Good morning!” He petted her and asked, “Are you a good boy?” I laughed and smiled as I said “Yes, she is a good little girl.” He smiled and jogged away.
It was then that I remembered that I had left the house without combing my hair or brushing my teeth. When I had walked out the door, I had been on the phone wishing my grand-daughter a Happy Birthday! I had gotten up early and recorded myself singing and playing her a Happy Birthday wish on my ukulele. I sent it to her by Messenger and she had recorded a thank you back to me. A few minutes later, her Mom called me with Laney singing Happy Birthday to herself (just like Mimi had sung to her a few moments earlier). I love hearing their morning chatter as they drive to school each day. So, I was off to a very good start to my day!
So, back to the Robin….I’ve noticed that we have a bumper crop of Robins in Senatobia. Due to the bird virus, I had thought we might not have a lot of songbirds this year, but that seems to not be true with Robins in our town.
Robins are a year round resident of Senatobia. They build new nests in the spring and lay eggs a couple times each summer. Then the parents and the children continue to stay in the same area that they were born in. If weather or food sources change, then they may be forced to leave, but generally here in the South they stay.
And this summer there have been lots of Robins gathered in the yards that I walk by. They are pushing their beaks down into the dirt or tossing over leaves searching for insects, worms and anything they can find to supplement their diet. During the summer they eat a high protein diet, but in the winter months their dietary needs consist mostly of high glucose foods such as fruits and berries. Both diets are because those are the items that are plentiful during those seasons.
I have noticed that they stand with their heads slightly cocked. They do this because their eyes are on the sides of their heads, so in order to see what they are looking at, their heads must be turned with their eyes facing the object. They then hop forward to grab it.
I am happy that Robins have chosen my neighborhood to live in. Even though I have read that they are very territorial birds, I haven’t seen them battling it out with other birds. Though in the spring I have seen a couple of males bluff each other off a bit when they were trying to romance a certain female.
But, they are friendly birds and their songs are wonderful to wake up to! In the evening, they are the last singers as the sun goes down. They love a good splash in my birdbaths and when they bathe they energetically shake out lots of water that their feathers have absorbed. My birdbaths are used by Robins more than any other bird in my yard!
As I turn the pages of the days of my life, I am very thankful that the LORD instructed me to “Look at the birds of the air…” Matthew 6:26.
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