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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Resident Robin


I stepped out on the back porch this week and my resident Robin
flew out of the tree, landed a couple of yards away and struck up 
a conversation!  I couldn't believe it!  That's a first!
He was still there when I slipped into the house for a handful
of dried cherries and my camera.  The closer I dropped the
treats, the closer he hopped, chirping a 'Thanks, Betsy'
with each one.  When he ate the last one, away he went.
  That was the sweetest thing that happened to me this week!

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64 comments:

  1. Who cant resist a cherry from a cheery lady? Why, Mr Cock Robin of course!

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    1. He certainly couldn't. And it was almost if he was asking for food. Poor hungry thing!

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  2. Fantastic action flight photo Betsy ~ and I can understand how you felt when the conversation took place . . :)
    Our Robins are quite brave as well . . .

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    1. I almost cut his head off in the photo...he was quick!

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    2. Yes, you JUST got him in frame . . . very well done . . . . it is a beaut and quite frankly I have never seen a photo of a Robin with wings fully out stretched like that, or any small bird come to think of it. I can almost feel the downdraught . . . I bet your bird friends are impressed . . . :)

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  3. ha. of course he did...
    now his whole family will probably be moving to your yard...

    so what did the cats think of your resident robin...
    ha

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    1. Well, they'd love to eat him, of course!

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  4. Fantastic shot ! It is difficult to capture a bird in flight !
    Have a happy weekend :)

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    1. Almost didn't get him....they're quick, that's for sure!

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  5. Dried cherry treats - yum. Maybe I'll hop over too! You captured him beautifully with his wings spread - such detail. They look like angel wings.

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    1. I've been nibbling on them, myself! Very yummy and a nice change from craisins!

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  6. That is a marvelous shot. I have heard and seen a photo of 5 robins somewhere in Iowa. We don't have any hanging around to skate on our ice rink. The cherries was probably one of the robins favorite. Start calling you the bird whisperer.

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    1. Bird whisperer...I love that. ha. We don't normally have robins until the spring...I'm not sure what this guy is doing here all alone this winter!

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  7. Wonderful bird-post, well done!
    My post at: https://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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    1. Well, thanks, Hans! I'll come visit your entry soon!

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  8. That is so sweet, and beautiful against the white snow. They know you Betsy...they know you will take care of them. I love it.

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    1. Poor Robin doesn't eat seed and the crab apples are down to almost nothing! He knew who to ask, I guess! ha.

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  9. Enjoyed the treats
    Singing his own beats
    And no cats around
    So he could astound

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    1. I'm sure he knows the cats
      as they usually go on the attack!

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  10. What a cute shot of your resident Robin.

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    1. Thanks, Pat...glad I caught him in flight...almost missed it!

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  11. Fun shot.. and lovely little encounter you had with this sweetie.

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    1. It was so sweet...I'll always remember it!

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  12. Lovely capture!
    I hope you and the Mr have a wonderful evening out....well deserved♥️
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. He had a nice time out...and no dishes! yay! ha.

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    2. We..not he..sorry ha. Yes..we went and had a lovely time.

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    1. I'm SO glad his head didn't get chopped off in the frame! ha. That would have been sad.

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  14. You have a resident robin? I just read a post at breath of fresh air about her resident robin. I want one, too. ☺ do pop over and meet Mary, Betsy. Love your photo. Deb

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    1. No kidding? Mary and I must be on the same wave length! Thought of you today...hope you're enjoying the nesting! :)

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  15. Awesome shot! No robins here yet.

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    1. We only have this one that has been here all winter. Someone forgot to tell him Robins go south until spring!

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  16. Loved it! I have got to work on my bird skills. I'm not quick enough. We have several Robins hopping around in the yard, but I can't get a good shot to save me. Something to work on!

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    1. Well, I take lots of bad shots that never get shared.....you just have to keep at it and then you get some good ones! Lots of mine are taken through the window, too...not this one, but many others!

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    2. Do you use a tripod at all?

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  17. Hi Betsy - thanks for stopping by this evening - I just love Deb! Fabulous shot of the robin in flight - it's hard to catch a bird like that. I also love the female cardinal in your header - I always think they are much prettier and softer-looking than the brighter males! If I dig my DSLR out I might have a chance to get flying birds - I do use it in Africa on safari and have managed to get some great bird pics with movement, but here at home I usually just grab my point and shoot to use through the window!!

    We have another ice storm on the way early tomorrow - what a winter here in the south - will it ever end?
    Happy weekend - nice to meet you.
    Mary. . . . . . in chilly North Carolina

    P.S. I have a friend in England who trained a robin to come and eat out of a dish in her hand - every day when she went to the stable to feed her horses the robin showed up - how cute is that!

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    1. Hi Mary! Well, your robin post was great, so I think you do just fine with your point and shoot!

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  18. Cute story and great action shot. :)

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    1. Thank you, Shey....was a fun photo to share!

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  19. Cute story, I have to remember the Robins like dried cherries.. Great action shot, have a happy day!

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    1. Yes, they will eat fruit and not seed. I'm sure they are missing the worms! Lol!

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  20. A gorgeous shot! A wonderful capture!

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    1. Thank you, Mary....too cool not to share with the group!

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  21. Hi Betsy, I love when God blesses us with these special, unexpected bright moments. The photo is gorgeous.
    Mildred

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    1. Mildred! Where have you been.....your blog keeps coming and going! Ha. Can't decide?

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  22. THAT would make my day!!! Love that you caught this beautiful photo to share! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. It did make my day....what a very fun thing to have happen!

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  23. Hi Betsy - what a lovely welcome for you to the early days of Spring ... Mr/s Robin knows where to hold court - can't say I blame him/her .... Looking forward to more beautiful spring shots - cheers Hilary

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    1. It will be a while before you see any spring shots from me....we are buried in snow and it will be another month or more, I'm thinking!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle....was happily surprised to see it turn out!

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  25. I love Robins, their songs that welcomes Spring and their bold colors.
    Now I love them cause of this special moment.
    Where did I put my dried cherries??

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    1. Haha...well, you have dandelions blooming...your robins can dig for worms! No cherries necessary!

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  26. So sweet, you really are a creature-whisperer.

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    1. Creature whisperer...haha...love that.

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  27. What a wonderful encounter!

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    1. It really was...almost made me cry. ha. So sweet. I'll always remember it.

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  28. so cute. we only get to see them during migration, but i'm always thrilled to hear their distinct call - reminds me of home (wisconsin).

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  29. That is great! I'm longing to see a robin telling me that spring is coming.

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  30. what a treat! Love the story and the image. It is so great when we can communicate with the animal kingdom that way :)

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