My prodigal son and his advanced science teaching degree came home awhile ago. While schools are closed, He’d been hiking in the Rockies. His discoveries included a pocket full of cool sparkly rocks and crystals, and some Eastern philosophy.
“Hang up these chimes here, “he said when we were out bonding with some herb in the back yard, “the wood and metal match the wrought iron and grape vines. The Chimes will block bad energy and lure good energy.” He reached up high and fastened the chimes on the metal trellis, surrounded by grape vines. Then he left.
Yeh, yeh, yeh Feng whatever.
the chimes were very pretty, even if the “science” is bunk.
And then the robins nested in the same grape vine thicket, on top of the trellis.
But as some of us know, robin eggs and fledglings are among the Cheese Puffs of the world, with crows, snakes, and many other birds and small mammals anxious for a taste.
I tried to spend more time in the yard, hoping my mere presence would help protect the robins. One windless morning, I was replanting ground cover in the Frog Mitigation Area, when I heard crazy banging and ringing chimes.
I walked quickly over to see what caused the commotion.
I’ve taken down the empty nest now, pausing to admire its elegant and powerful construction. Impossibly strong on the outside, with tightly coiled grape vines, then mudded tight, and finally lined with soft grass. Calcium depleted Mom robin probably ate all the eggshells.
I see the new Robin family of four, now at dusk. They hunt worms in their allotted Parcel, under the Rhodies, where I water, and the worms rise. They rustle the leaves when I approach. I hear their wings whisper.
The American Robin (Turdus migratorius) typically has a 12-14 day incubation period, and a 13 day nesting period (Cornell). I observed a 14 day incubation period and a 10 day nesting period before fledging.
With the nest gone, I trim the rampant grape, wash away the robin marks, and bless the site with some roses.
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