A Robin’s visit
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Written by Chris

April 27, 2011

“Rise up this morning smiled with the rising sun three little birds pitch by my door step singing sweet songs of melodies pure and true saying, this is my message to you:”(Bob Marley and the Whailers)

Sitting on my doorstep reading a book and enjoying a cup of coffee, an American robin (Turdus migratorius) runs up to me. It pauses with its head up as if looking at me, then darts 3 feet to the left into the grass and pulls a worm from the ground. It rises up again tall, head raised high…. Pause, darts once more a foot away and pulls up another worm. I am now intently watching this productive little bird go… I watch it pause. It doesn’t move a muscle. I can’t see the pupils move, but I know this robin’s eyes are scanning the grass with a focused attention for the slightest of movements. Robins can see a greater variety of colors and further distance in comparison to our own vision. The robin tweaks its head slightly as if to confirm another worm’s presence before shooting over to pluck it from the earth. The red breasted bird then scampers a few paces before taking to the sky knowing the hunting grounds have been thoroughly checked. Just like that; three worms in 20 seconds and breakfast has been served.

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