Mr Robin Gets a Drink

Mr Robin Gets a Drink

On This Date: Photo taken 5/30/2012

The birdbath doubles as a drinking fountain.


Our yard had no trees, and no shade, and the birds were mostly goldfinches and blackbirds, with an occasional meadowlark to wake us. And swallows. Don’t forget the swallows, Joel.

We planted trees and bushes. A spruce and a couple maples, at first. A lilac hedge along the back. Some white pines. More maples. Three apples in the back corner, and plum in the middle of the yard. Forsythias along the southern edge (didn’t know, then, they’d build a street to parallel the hedge.) Some Arbor Day trees. A linden.

The neighbors thought we had a plan, but there was no plan. We just knew we needed shade.

The meadowlarks are long gone, because we’ve been surrounded by houses, and lawns. But robins and grackles live in our trees. We still get finches, and occasionally a blackbird. And sparrows. Titmice and chickadees and nuthatches are a source of endless entertainment. Around dusk the cardinals visit.

I miss the meadowlarks.

Number of pix taken on various May 30ths: 993
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 95 [bad settings at a baseball game]
  • 2 Stars: 130
  • 3 Stars: 636
  • 4 Stars: 109
  • 5 Stars: 23