We let the zoos be for now. I hope they become a place of refuge and education, as they should. This is a post about Marlfield Lake inhabitants who are free to move around as they please. The low fence is protecting them from the visitors who can fall in the water and frighten the chicks. I have mentioned Marfield lake in one of my last year’s posts.
Robins live an average 2 years, but it all depends. If there are no predators, the weather is good and the food is plenty they might live a decade. This particular robin has been around for some 5-6 years. Of course I cannot tell for sure that it is exactly the same robin, but I think I recognize the behavior.
As it happened, during my latest visit the robin had been moulting.
He probably could not fly well, so he hid in the shrubs and came out only to pick up some crumbs.
A century-and-a-half long history of feeding the local waterfowl with bread has probably made them sort of domesticated.
After the lunch, robin comes from behind the fence to visit with me. When there are no dogs around, this robin can come quite close. He is a great poser.
Look at him! He is standing right next to my feet.
The robin is hopping around, picking something invisible from the cracks in the rocks.
I notice something else, and say bye-bye to him. I swear he knows the word.
‘Something else’ is a young blackbird that sits on the ground behind the fence with his wings spread wide. There is nothing wrong with him. He is just cooling himself.
I wonder why he doesn’t walk to the water and drink a few drops to cool off. May be he is afraid of the swan family? This is a daddy swan…
… and this is his mate and their cute fluffy cygnets.
I also spot four female ducks strategically perched on a fallen tree, minding each other’s back.
If you think that I have posted too many bird pictures in this blog, here are two butterflies and two very useful herbs for you.
Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta, a very common butterfly around the Marlfield Lake.
Speckled Wood butterfly.
Fragrant Pineapple weed is good for your stomach. When you crush its feathery list between your fingers, you feel that sweet pineapple scent. If you taste a flower head, it has a light citrus flavor.
Hedge Woundwort smells like mouse urine – so they say; for me it is just a very unpleasant aroma. Woundwort is a very powerful antiseptic remedy, healing to the wounded tissues.
I will be away for a couple of weeks. For my next blog I have scheduled a Halloween ghost story, and after that you can walk around the Mount Congreve Gardens two weekends in a row 🙂
I link this blog post to the Robin’s blog – you can see why 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend!