Saturday, May 8, 2010
The Defender Robin
I was out at my favorite place to see birds, in a meadow right at the edge of the forest. I saw a bird's nest that was about the same height as I was. It was in a thickly grouped section of small trees right at the edge of the path. I thought it was an old one as I walked closer to get a better look. But then as I got to the edge of the trees, a robin flew out of the nest in a flurry of feathers!
It landed on a branch very nearby and began making distressed sounds. It was pretty obvious that it wanted me to go away, but I wanted to get a few pictures first. I took exactly two quick pictures of the robin, one of which you see here. I like my pictures, but it's more important to let an animal know that I mean no harm. I moved away soon after.
While it was on that branch squawking at me, I got the distinct impression that it was not only upset, but it meant to defend its nest if it had to. I later found out that an American robin will dive bomb a person to defend their nest. I really didn't want to get in a fight with a robin that was just defending itself.
I was glad to learn a little of this information first hand. Seeing this behavior with my own eyes confirmed the things that I read. This combination is the best way to learn about things. I was able to do it without causing too much trouble, and I'll remember to stay clear of this nest when I go back, but only a little bit. Maybe I'll still get to see the young ones one of these times.