Thursday, 21 April 2011

More Robins.

It does seem rather greedy, but we have two robins' nests in the garden. I don't ever remember having one until now. I wedged this old tin kettle into the support for the summer jasmine years ago and have been on the verge of taking it out several times because nothing used it. In the last few days we have noticed activity there, and have seen the robins going in and out with beakfuls of building material. The robin in the picture here sat still for so long I wondered if I was looking at a dead leaf!
The robins eggs in the nest on the other side of the garden have hatched and we can hear faint 'peep-peeps' from the babies.
Mrs Dove has two new fledgelings to rear, and there are bluetits and great-tits nesting in other parts of the garden. I suppose it isn't surprising as my husband spends half his beer money on bird food! Only half, mind you! We are on permanent cat patrol to see that they all get reared safely as the two houses which back on to ours have four cats between them.

8 comments:

Totalfeckineejit said...

Robins are brilliant, I love them! See them all the time (so tame)when I walk Molly round the duck pond.
Do they make tea in that Kettle?

Wipso said...

How lovely. Lucky you. Thanks for sharing.
A x

Heather said...

I don't know about them making tea Peadar, I daren't get close enough to look.

Carol Q said...

how lovely Heather. you garden's a proper wildlife sanctuary at the moment!

maggi said...

What a lovely surrogate gran you are becoming. My cat just sits and watches the birds as they gobble up the
food. They cost more to feed than he does.

The Weaver of Grass said...

The kettle idea is brilliant Heather. We had a pied wagtail one year which built in our cement mixer so nobody could use it until the chicks had hatched. Swallow have started to build in our garage, as they do each year, so from now on the car has to be left outside, otherwise it is covered in swallow poo.

Heather said...

The things we do for birds Pat. One of my uncles was a builder and one Easter robins built a nest on the running board of his lorry. He found other transport for his men and materials until the brood had hatched.

Maureen said...

Robins certainly love to nest in quirky places, you are so lucky to have the two nests!!