A Few Thoughts
Our friend Patricia Franklin wrote me this week. Here’s what she had to say about the robin that nests in her back yard-DiVoran
Sorry I have not answered your newsy letter…. and thanks so much for the interesting article on birds! I guess they live and thrive by instinct, but I think they have a built in intelligence too, that we do not understand. I think I mentioned that we have a robin’s nest in our back yard. I have been waiting and watching for a couple of weeks for the 1st hatchling. I usually sit out on the patio chair, I water my flowers, etc. and sometimes I talk to the robins if they are around. They have found out that we do not bother them, in fact, I chased some intruders away the other day. Do you think they bond with us in some way? Here is what happened today.
We were sitting in the kitchen having a cup of tea after supper, with the patio door open, when I heard this scratching and tapping on the patio cement right outside. I turned my head, and there right in front of the door was the mother robin tapping a little blue eggshell on the cement. I got up and walked over to the door and said something like, ” Well, I have been wondering when you were going to hatch the first one. I’m so happy for you.” She actually strutted around, back and forth in front of me for a little while and then went flying off to her nest, leaving the eggshell for us. Is that uncanny or what? Am I reading too much into this? I do feel a bond with them, and maybe they feel it too. It was the highlight of my weekend! (Hey, I’m pretty simple and easy to please!)