|Picture taken through a window and storm window, so forgive the quality.|
I have been anxiously watching the robin nest the last few days. (Earlier posts here and here.) I knew it couldn't be long until the baby robins were ready to fly on their own. There seemed to still be one or two in the nest this morning, but then I also saw this fledgling on the bird feeder. It was first perched on top but then lost his footing and slid down. It managed to land on the ledge and perched there for half an hour or so, cheeping, and no doubt wondering where its parent/food service had gone. It's exciting to see "my" birds grow up. I feel quite protective of them. I'm going to have to keep one eye on my work today and one eye on the yard watching for feral cats. (You can read my feral cat story here. Don't get me started on that topic.)
|Taken with a phone in early morning light.|
It's been quite a week for wildlife here in the neighborhood. Monday's walk brought us about twelve feet from a very calm doe, who seemed as likely to walk up the riverbank and join us as to run away.
On Tuesday's walk, a dashing red fox ran across the road in front of us and then along the river. Later, it was sitting quietly, peeping over some tall grass between the river and the woods, watching us walk by. I wish I could have gotten a picture of the fox, but camera phones do have their limits!
It's amazing how much wildlife lives right here in town.