Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Stodgy Robin Society

Hello everybody! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel.

In earlier reports, I mentioned that there's a robin's nest in the yew bushes in front of our living room windows. The mother robin is named Lady Ruby Star-Feathersworth, and the father robin is named Lord Fitzgerald Feathersworth. Robins tend to have long, fancy names when they belong to the Stodgy Robin Society. They hop around the yard in a stately fashion, and are able to procure the best real estate choices in which to build their nests. While the mother robin sits on the eggs, the father sings in the tree tops nearby and fends off all intruders. 

Lady Ruby Star-Feathersworth

Last Friday we showed you a picture of the first baby robin in Lady Ruby's nest. Today, this baby has more than doubled in size! Also note, the second egg still hasn't hatched.

Baby robin as yet unnamed, and egg.

Meanwhile, in the backyard, on the other side the fence, another robin has made her nest in one of the scraggly arbor vitae bushes. We see her coming and going, but would need a ladder in order to take pictures of this nest. Her name is Mrs. Thelma Leaf-Hoppinlooper. Her husband is Sir Robin (the brave) Hoppinlooper. They get hassled all day long by the grackles who also live in the arbor vitae bushes nearby. This robin pair are not as not nearly as dignified as their snobby counterparts in the front yard! In fact, we've seen them in some pretty wild scraps with the grackles. They have been known to attack Lord and Lady Feathersworth too. But they seem to have had some success in child rearing. We see Mrs. Leaf-Hoppinlooper bringing beaks full of worms to the nest.

Arbor Vitae Heights birdie apartments.

So I was wondering what the names of all these baby robins might be. I've been listening to the father robins singing, and have a theory that in their songs are the names of their offspring. It's sometimes hard to make them out, though.

In the front yard Lord Feathersworth sings: cheerio-cheerio-romeo-juliet! So maybe his two babies will be named Romeo and Juliet (if the second egg hatches, that is.)

In the back yard, Sir Hoppinlooper sings: toodle-ooo toodle-ooo-kangaroo-vindaloo …

Say what??

Crazy birdies!


  1. Wow, You actually got to see the baby robin in his/her nest! Each time we have a nest nearby...upon discovering it, it gets abandoned...eggs or not. One time we had babies, in a nest under our eaves, and it got raided...that was the last time we have had nests really close enough to see.

    Hope your robin families thrive.

    Have fun watching them, Chester!

  2. OMDs Chester that Robin Babe has grown. I'm sorry his sibling was not a fertilized egg.
    One thing is clear in your 'hood, finally, spring is springing and the birds are singing.
    You my handsome friend take the prized for best photo
    Hugs Cecilia

  3. Your robins have the cutest names, Chester! Mom doesn't have much imagination and calls ours Mr and Mrs Robin, which is very boring and not very creative. Mr Robin has flown into our picture window once or twice. He needs to be more careful.

  4. While we have been watching the robins hopping along, we haven't introduced ourselves - we must. We also haven't looked for any nests.

  5. Hey Chester!! We love stopping by for the wonderful news that you share with us. We love seeing one one baby robin getting so big already and hope the other one hatches soon. We will be back to see any updates from you. Have a wonderful day.
    World of Animals

  6. Oh Chester your yard is just bursting with new life. The names of the birds in your yard give us big smiles. We don't know the names of any of the birds in our yard though. How do you understand what they are saying?

  7. Awww, we hope that second egg hatches. We love watching baby birdies develop.

    Woos, Lightning and Timber

  8. OMD, baby birdies sure do grow fast!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  9. I like Kangaroo and Vindaloo! You never know, names like that might catch on.


  10. Oh Chester, you sure do have a busy burdie consortium. Maybe the Robins will gets rid of those nasty grackles! I loves the furst picture of Lady Ruby Star-Feathersworth ~ she is so stern lookin'! BOL!!
    Ruby ♥

  11. Oh my Chester you have a lot to report on.
    Glad we stopped by to see ya you tonight.
    So many birds in the bushes singing.
    Hope the little eggs hatch

  12. Chester, what a cute baby robin. Years and years and years ago a baby robin ended up falling into our backyard. Mom brought him in and raised him on earthworms. We called him Charley. When it was time to send him off on his own, he refused to leave. Mom would put him outside in the tree but as soon as someone opened the front door, he would fly back in and land on someone's head. Charley stayed with us through the entire summer. But in the fall, instinct took over and he left with the other robins to go south for the winter. (We lived in Michigan at the time). Having Charley was pretty special.

    1. GW once raised a baby blue jay and got her picture in the local newspaper.

  13. Chester, your knowledge of Robin is really furry impressive. In fact, you know several birdie languages, don't you? That's the advantage of having your furry own back yard where you can hang out and listen. Pawsonally, I only bark Dog.