Every morning when I wake up, I come out in the kitchen, eat breakfast, and wait for it to be light enough to find the Resident Robin. For the past month or so, like clockwork, there he sits in the Crabapple tree, his tree, outside the kitching window. This morning was no exception.
He seems happy enough and maybe that's because he knows a good thing when he see's it! Shortly after the sun comes up he'll fly down to the birdbath and have a nice drink of water, then maybe come back up into the tree or head off someplace else for a bit.
And through rain, sleet, snow, or freezing cold temperatures, there he is, guarding his treasure of food.
Shortly after arriving, Robin was joined by a Mockingbird. Now normally you would think the Mockingbird rules, right? Wrong. This Robin was quite possesive of his treasure, chasing the Mockingbird every chance it got! As the weeks have passed the two have learned to live in relative harmony.
The Mockingbird being what it is will not back down from much. As you can see it was flipping me the bird! lol! Finally it turned around and decided to cooperate.
Like it's friend the Robin, the Mockingbird also enjoys a daily drink from the birdbath (which has since been cleaned and filled). Since we don't have them in our yard in the Summer anymore it's nice to see one in the winter. The Mock is very quiet though. Singing season hasn't quite started yet.
Downy woodpeckers are in the Crabapple tree all the time also, waiting their turn for the Peanut Feeder. Robin seems to sense they aren't of any threat so he leaves them alone.
Phineas would give anything to get ahold of just ONE bird! Sorry Phin, not happening.
Last but not least, two of the showiest birds in the yard. I do so love the Cardinals, even if the Robin doesn't.
After all, who else could look this good in the falling snow?
* I thought for sure the Robin was off to find a new home when another Robin showed up this morning and they both flew off together. When I arrived home from work I instantly checked the tree. There he was, all by his lonesome. I'm thinking maybe he was just chasing the other Robin off! Yes, he'll be leaving sometime soon, just not yet, okay?