For the past few days we have been wondering where the Robin has gone. We wondered if it is a female and has paired up with a counterpart elsewhere, leaving us behind. This morning I saw a different Robin feeding from our window bird feeder. So that was a relief, as we thought we at least have another Robin living around our backyard. Then W saw two Robins feeding on the bird seeds I’ve scattered on the ground yesterday! That is so cute, as very seldom do we see two Robins at the same place at the same time. W urged me to go feed them mealworms. I was a little hesitant initially as I think I’ll most likely scare one of them away. Indeed before I stepped out from the kitchen door both have flown away.Looks like they will be mating and will be giving birth to their first brood of Robins very soon! Excellent!
Finally recorded down the tame Robin on video. Quality is a bit poor, I know, as I only have a mobile phone that can record video 🙁 Initially the Robin didn’t want to feed from my hand, which you’ll probably notice, my chasing hand 🙂 It was too busy looking at the tub of meal worms which was located just below my feeding hand. Bad idea. In fact it actually flew to the tub, rather than to my hand! But nevertheless, it finally feeds from my hand! Hurray!
Bought some meal worms from a local pet shop today. We intend to tame the Robin that visits our windows bird feeder everyday. It would be a challenge this time, as the Robin is single and may not be tempted to feed off my hands, unlike when a Robin has young to feed, which was what happened last time. I hope I’m able to tape the cute Robin down too this time!
Why it never cross my mind that I could video record Robin birds we have hand fed for the past two years is beyond me. Here is an execellent footage of a Robin fed by this guy with a plateful of meal worms. Oh I missed having Robins around our flat. Nevermind next year I’m pretty sure Robins will come nest in our neighbour’s garden again, which they have been for the past two years. In fact they nested in our backyard 3 years ago, when we have just moved in here and before we cleared up the unrully ivy’s. You can have a look here for the baby Robin which was fallen from his nest, created a lot of mess in my backyard, subsequently learnt the technique of flying and finally flew away.
Looks like the Robins are having their second brood in our neighbour’s garden this year. Because the Robin has been fetching a lot of food from our backyard back to his nest once again. The Robin is really not shy. Yesterday it landed on my foot while looking for food! We haven’t named this Robin this time. Perhaps we should start calling it Roger (Federer) 🙂
It’s the third time in two years Robin has been nesting in our area. The first time was in my backyard. The following two times were in my neighbour’s. The reason we managed to tame the Robin quite easily last time was because he needed a lot of food to feed his young, as I later found out. This year we even manage to hand feed the Robin using dried meal worms.This morning it’s the first time we saw one of the young Robin. Looks literally like a ball, even bigger in size than his parents! Maybe because the parents have been working out a lot fetching food for them lately. They seem to keep flying in and out of my backyard all the time throughout the day. In my view their work rate is just as amazing as the bees. Even such small creatures can demonstrate loving kindness. Isn’t it fascinating?Looks like all of them will be leaving the nest anytime soon, as I think the young Robins are learning how to fly now. Hope they will have their next brood here as well, as they can have multiple broods in one year.
We are so incredibly happy. Robin finally feeds off my hand, and W’s hand too. But it is down the mealworms route. Yellow cheese doesn’t seem to quite cut it. The mealworms are far more tempting, especially they are live mealworms. I suppose there’s more of an urgency for the robin to risk and pick the food from our hand, as the mealworms can move, and once the mealworms “get away”, that means missed opportunities for the robin. Surely Robin does not want that to happen?! 😉
Another thing we learnt is we need to train the robin to get used to our hand around his food. After we placed the mealworm on the ground, we need to leave our hand there. As soon as he learns that our hand is not a threat to him, he’s no longer shy to pick mealworm from our hand. In fact he’s prepared to come very close to us for food now, rather than us going close to him to feed him. Fabulous, we have our first tame robin! :)We had so much fun feeding and taking pictures of the robin yesterday. I thought I’ve bought too much mealworms, which came in a box from a local pet shop. But I obviously forgot that I’m feeding the whole family rather than just the one robin! I think we’ve fed around 30 mealworms yesterday alone, morning and evening. And that was not including the yellow cheese we put out as well!
Today is the 3rd day I’m taming Robin. As predicted, he is now used to coming to my backyard for food, or more precisely, yellow cheese. But he’s not quite trusting enough to feed off my hand just yet. In parallel, I’m also working on trying to get him familiarised with his name Robin. This is so that he will respond to my call the next time I want to feed him, rather than me having to wait for him all day long. Anyway, I’m really happy so far as I was able to play with him for 3 consecutive evenings already. It is really fascinating to be able to observe the bird in such close range; his movements, the way he looks at things by slightly tilting his head, fur movements on his head and how he puff up his body etc.
This is a rather unexpected exercise. In theory, I’ve sort of learnt from a friend Peter, who is a birding expert, on how to tame a robin months ago. And I’ve longed been wanting to tame one myself. But, as much as I wanted to, I just wasn’t presented with the opportunity. Some very simple reasons are my backyard is very small, often birds are scared away as soon as I open door, and I did not spend enough time in the backyard.
Anyway, I was in the middle of clearing up the backyard yesterday to make room for some gardening this summer. Then this robin, rather fearless in my opinion, flew quite close to where I was working, to my pleasant surprise. The reason it was willing to come so close was presumably because the robin was looking for food around and spotted worms or insects movements on the ground I was working on, despite seeing me holding a big digger 🙂 So happened that we had some cut yellow cheese left around the garden, which were left there for birds, I decided to try my luck and throw a piece of cheese near the robin I named as Robin. To my delight, not only did Robin not react to my throwing movement, but in fact he responded by picking up the cheese I threw him!According to Peter, it usually takes a few days to tame a robin to feed off one’s hand. And the way to tame a robin is to try and get it to come closer and closer to a human for food, to slowly gain the robin’s trust. As Robin seems to have kids to feed, I’m fairly confident that he will be visiting my backyard for food again, especially if I keep the swiss cheese coming. So looks like we are going to have a tame robin very soon!