It seemed rude not to make the most of the sunny weather this afternoon so I did a spot of writing al fresco. After an hour or so I became aware of a very vocal robin who flew straight at me, before doing a rapid u-turn and sitting on the fence towards the bottom of the garden. This struck me as slightly odd until I realised what all the commotion was about.
Just to my left a young robin had landed on the fence, right beside the house. I'm guessing it was probably on its maiden flight and had misjudged things before making a rather awkward landing. Knowing that it's best to leave young birds well alone I gathered up my belongings and took them inside so I didn't prevent whichever parent had tried to dive bomb me from being reunited with its offspring. Before heading indoors I grabbed my camera and took a few photos of this little cutie and then left him or her in peace.
A little while later I became aware of Stanley, our next door neighbour's cat, scrambling over the gate into our garden. Having checked our tiny visitor was still sitting on the fence I gave Stanley a tickle around the ears and apologised to him before politely escorting him back out of the gate. After all, I didn't want our young aviator to come to a sticky end in his jaws! Just a moment later the baby robin started to shuffle around before taking flight again, having recovered its nerve. After a brief pause on the neighbouring garage roof he was off and away - hopefully to live a long a healthy life!
9 June 2017