Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Being Watched

 Out on the allotment today I had the feeling I was being watched.
 I heard a little fluttering of wings around me.
 This lovely little Robin was watching me like a hawk.. or like a Robin.
 Perfectly happy to stay still while I turned my camera on, zoomed in and focused to take a snap.
 My animal behaviour training tells me that in Spring, all male animals get a surge of testosterone to suppress fear so that they can fight for their territory and impress the ladies..
 Well, this lady was certainly impressed.
He even stopped for a traditional pose on the handle of my wheelbarrow!


At 6:12 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Those UK robins are so cool!

At 6:34 PM, Blogger Dewberry said...

Great photos! You had such a rewarding sitter :)

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Sue Garrett said...

We have blackbirds that look in our house windows demanding to be fed too! I think they soon learn who they can trust.

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Rob said...

He seems very happy to sit and watch.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Caro (UrbanVegPatch) said...

I experienced the same thing when pruning a long border recently. My robin was very curious as to what was happening and kept me company all day which was a real treat for me. Interesting to know that the males suppress fear in spring, looking out for good nesting material and food, I imagine.


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