Saturday, May 21, 2011

Toboggan Robin

Today was such a nice day! We spent most of it cleaning the yard, planting veggies, herbs and flowers and enjoying the nice weather. Every spring I look forward to pulling EVERYTHING off the patio, giving it a major clean, and then reorganizing everything back in to its new fresh spot. Today however, I noticed someone new had moved in over the last several weeks- right on top of the toboggan Jeff gave me for Christmas a few years back.

I feel so bad that we probably have the craziest house on the block for this poor robin. All afternoon I have seen her swoop in, only to see her fly back out a few minutes later when Chapeau starts barking, Finn starts banging on the screen door, or someone is coming or going through our yard. I hope that the hustle and bustle of our little family isn't too much for this poor mama and her little one. I sat and watched her this afternoon as she intently peered over her nest from a near by tree- I said to Jeff that I so badly wished I could tell her it is all ok- that we will let them be in peace. Since having Finn, all things mother/baby related make me a little teary, so this was no exception. I just hope everything goes ok- I have been reading a bit about robins- they only lay one egg a day as they only have one ovary- usually laying between 3 and 5 eggs per cluthch. It will be interesting to see how many our robin ends up having. Two weeks from now, the babies will start to hatch, and we will have to come up with a new game plan for our yard- My parents had a robin make a nest on a wreath on their front door several years back. she had three little ones, and once they hatched, she would divebomb anyone that tried to come or go from their front door. Needless to say, we convinced my Mom that barricading the area off and use the garage or back door for the two weeks until the babies left the nest. I can only imagine the trouble Chapeau will get into once those little babies start chirping. Oh nature!