Thursday, July 28

Playing with a Robin

I'm not sure if this little girl is watching a robin or if it's a bluebird or maybe some other kind of bird, but the one I interacted with tonight was indeed a robin.

I was watering the plants outside with the hose and trying to revive our burned out lawn. I was swishing the hose back and forth on the grass when a plump, male robin landed and began pecking at the grass. I figured the water had called an earthworm to the top of the soil and Mr. Robin was trying to make a feast of it.

I very gently moved the hose so the water would land near the robin. When I did instead of him moving away, he moved right into the spray. I kept the hose still and let him have a bath. It was a hot day today and I figured he needed to cool off.

We played a game for a while. I would move the hose and he would hop into the spray. I would move it back and he would follow. He looked right at me and knew that I was there. Dakota was also outside lying beneath the stairs that goes to the upstairs apartment. The robin didn't seem to mind that either of us were close by.

For about ten minutes we played the game and then I guess Mr. Robin had cooled off because he spread his wings and flew onto the railing of the neighbor's porch. What an awesome experience it was getting so close and knowing that the bird was enjoying our time of interaction.


  1. That's a very unusual but wonderful interaction with nature.

  2. How wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing, Mary! This is a great experience, especially for nature lovers!

  3. Hmmmmmmm, that's cool!!!
    I think the bird looks like a meadowlark. I too would so enjoy 'playing' with a bird like you experienced.

    Thanks for stopping by last night. I tellya, I've been so busy these past few hours with getting ready for the storm, I'm waking up exhausted. And we still have a lot to do before "Don" hits our area.

  4. I think its a Yellow Hammer.
    I love to watch the birds take a bath. I have a bird bath and they also use the little pond.
    Mama Bear

  5. This is too funny because just yesterday I had a similar experience! I had just set up the sprinkler on our back lawn and had come in the house to get a drink. I happened to look out the window and there was a robin running back and forth through the sprinkler!! lol I watched it play and get soaked for quite a few minutes:-) It sure has been hot lately, hasn't it. We've had no rain to speak of for over a month now and everything is really dry. Right now it's almost 7 pm and still 29c out there!! Hope you're well, dear Mary, we must have another phone call soon:-) xoxo

  6. That was a wonderful experience. I will try the write like link later as I am trying to catch up after the company break. I knew I enjoyed reading your stories and now I know why another MM. Peace

  7. What a joyous experience! I loved reading this - you tell it so well, I could easily visualize this fun game you and the robin played. :-)