Monday, July 31, 2017

The smallest robin

It's normal to see the alert babies, but sometimes there's a tragedy. What follows is sad, but is a reality in the robin world.
The day before the male robin pecked at this youngster. It showed no interest in eating and it had a blow fly on its wing, all problematic signs. It rained during the night. Robin not moving around and not being fed.
No reaction to stimuli, just sitting quietly. Noon.
1 p.m.
It got closer to the ivy plants and the short border, a protection? A place to hide?
It snuggled into this cover. 2 p.m.
3 p.m.
4 p.m.  the end.   I had rubber gloves, a cotton cloth, plastic bag, small body disposed of.  In the robin world if they have 12 children during the breeding season  if four of those kids survive to adulthood it's a miracle. There's high mortality in the bird world.

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