This robin has worked really hard all summer and apparently it’s quite normal to look like this during the moulting season.
The bird has probably been involved in some territorial fighting; it’s very common for robins to pull out each others’ head feathers; these should regrow once the moult is complete. She is friendly and inquisitive (the bird watcher’s term for this is ‘confiding’) and is a great observer of humankind, knowing when the feeders are being filled up and will come to Brian’s hand for scraps.
On one of our recent hot days I was trying to wash something down outside and she flew over and dashed through the spray from the hose. I stopped what I was doing and gazed after her.
She sat in this tree and dipped and bobbed her head at me.
I thought for a moment, then I pressed the trigger of the hose again and arced the water in a fine mist as before; she flew straight back through the spray. She did this several times before flying off to sit in the ivy.
One of my precious Brown Turkey figs
The ornamental vine produces some surprisingly realistic grapes!
The Family Apple tree (three grafts one root stock) is bowed down to the ground with fruit
Maureen’s cucumber plant gift
First crop of pears in five years – not ripe yet
The raised bed looks a little wild and unruly now
It’s a jungle down under the apple tree, a long forgotten perennial sweet pea has appeared
I let the artichoke flower this year, it’s the only one left, the others didn’t make it through the winter
The weather changes yet again….