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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Robin in the Rain: A Portrait of Protection in the Dark

Two years ago, we had the good fortune of having robins build a nest in the crook of a tree right outside our kitchen window. Every morning at breakfast, we could watch them building, or count eggs, or see them sitting, or witness them feeding each other. It was a wonderful few weeks as the nest progressed from just a few stalks of grass to a container full of nestlings.

In order to take lots of pictures of the process, I removed a screen, so that I could open the window slightly and have an unobstructed view. One night, it poured down rain, and we watched the mother robin puff herself up and then spread her wings like an umbrella over her eggs to keep the whole interior of the nest warm and dry. Here she is, her dark glossy feathers covered in raindrops, her body blending into the backdrop of wet bark and the night's darkness all around her, protecting her unhatched chicks from the weather.

For more Photo Hunters' interpretations of today's theme (dark), check out TNChick.


Auds at Barking Mad said...

That's a great photo. And I had NO idea that's what Robin's were doing when they puffed themselves up like that. I get so involved and caught up between the Cardinal's we have that are so vibrant or the cheeky Blue Jays that seem to be the terror or the neighbourhood, that I've never really stopped to pay attention to the Robins. I will from now on!

Angela at mommy bytes said...

Wow, the things moms do. I ought to pay more attention to the wildlife outside my window.

Gypsy at heart said...

Touching photo and commentary. Nice job!


IRISHKAT said...

That pic made me laughed. It looks like someone stuffed her in the top - like a little ice cream cone!

Mr Lady said...

That is REALLY cool. I bet the kids love watching the whole thing play out.

Marinka said...

Lovely. And is it a coincidence that several of my favorite bloggers had rain themes today? Or is it just the weather?

Rambling Woods said...

That is a great photo of the female robin and they love to nest close to humans to keep the crows from taking their eggs or nestlings...
Rambling Woods

San Diego Momma said...

Great photo (and photo description) and a great thing for your family to see unfold.

(ALSO, love the post title...Poetic! Isn't Robin in the Rain a song, too?)

Gotta go, I'm babbling.

mamadance said...

What a lovely photo! I love how she blends in with the background of the tree. Isn't it amazing what mothers will do to protect their babies?

McMommy said...

Moms rock.

That robin rocks.

Hey, rockin' robbin!!! (tweet, tweet, tweedly tweet!)

(sorry. I went there. I just had to.)

Andrea said...

Thanks for the compliments - though I have to say that I can't stop laughing at IrishKat's comment. An ice-cream cone, indeed!

McMommy, thanks for that -- I'll have that song running through my head for the rest of the night. :)

San Diego Mama, ohhh, poetic. Why thank you. Also? GREAT new photo for your!


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