Stay-at-home mom

The robin eggs on the front porch hatched Thursday, and this afternoon I went out with the camera to see if I could get any pictures of the hatchlings. Momma Bird stayed on her nest, keeping a wary eye on me.


Staying home and sitting on the chicks is how Momma Bird spends her days. Watching her made me think of a Shel Silverstein poem that used to make me giggle: Mrs. McTwitter the baby-sitter / I think she’s a little bit crazy / She thinks a baby-sitter’s supposed / To sit upon the baby.

This is one of two Shel Silverstein poems I memorized in fourth grade – the other of which doesn’t have anything to do with anything, but I like it anyway: My beard grows to my toes. / I never wears no clothes. / I wraps my hair / around my bare / and down the road I goes.

After a while, Papa Bird came home with some wriggly things for the babies.

“Honey, I’m home!”


That’s Papa Bird – he brings home the bacon. The leggy, wriggly bacon.


Right about then, Papa Bird decided I was getting a little too close with my camera, and he flew off. Not Momma Bird, though. She stood her ground. She was gonna keep glaring at me until I backed off.


Papa Bird perched in a nearby tree where he could hop up and down and chirp at me, threateningly.


Beween you and me, he wasn’t very intimidating. But don’t tell him that.

Momma Bird, though – she wasn’t going anywhere. She was just going to keep glaring for as long as it took to make me go away.


“Don’t come one step closer, human, or I’ll glare at you so hard you’ll burst into flame. I mean it. Not one…more…step.”


My eyebrows were starting to singe, so I backed off and went inside. No momma should have to spend her Mother’s Day staring down a giant with a Canon.

Maybe for Mother’s Day I’ll get a telephoto lens, so I can get some bird family photos without giving Papa Bird a heart attack.

Or I’d settle for dinner on the grill and a bouquet of construction-paper flowers.


3 Responses to “Stay-at-home mom”

  1. 2 Emily May 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Robins! I have some very similar pictures of a robin on my porch last summer. Just be careful you don’t get a mommy that attacks you if you get too close. It’s not fun.

  2. 3 SPURWING PLOVER January 2, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Look how those robins have adapted to civilization nesting on the pourch Gose shows what these birds can do

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