Yellow Robin

Yellow Robin in the orchard

Yellow Robin in the orchard

Last weekend we were cleaning up the orchard in preparation for our trip away. Summer fruits have long gone, but there are citrus to pick and tend. A pair of Yellow Robins flew from tree cage to tree cage, alighting like falling leaves on the grass to snap up delicious prey. ย They knew I was there, trying to look inconspicuous by the apricot tree … so they kept a wary eye on me as they slowly moved away into the bushland. One flew up onto the top of a tree cage and gazed back at me.

Yellow Robin on a tree cage

Yellow Robin on a tree cage

I hope you have had a very happy weekend … have a great week!

Yellow Robin

I watched him for a half an hour today
To gum tree trunk he clung side way
And constantly looking towards the ground
For slugs and beetles crawling around.

A tiny movement catch his eye
And then down to forest floor he fly
And take dark beetle in his bill
and beat to death and eat his kill.

He eat grasshopper, moth and fly and bee
And take spider from leaf of tree
And bullant with the nasty bite
Is also in the robin’s diet.

With breasts of yellow and wings of gray
I see them often almost every day
And their low and soft distinctive ticking song
Once heard one never could get wrong.

I watched him for a half an hour today
To gum tree trunk he clung sideway
And constantly looking towards the ground
For slugs and beetles crawling around

Francis Duggan



19 thoughts on “Yellow Robin

    • you are a wise one gilly! of course the birds here always brought messages to the indigenous people … they are probably puzzled that we ignorant european types don’t understand … before my mother died we had a very friendly magpie who once flew down and landed on her head … mother was quite shocked, but we all had to laugh … but that magpie disappeared after her death … she had only come to tell us something ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. So beautiful. My mom is a bird-lover. She loves them so much that sometimes our half phone conversation is about the new birds she noticed that day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What beautiful pictures of that Yellow Robin, Christine! That poem is really funny; I wonder if the poet is a non-native English speaker with all that subject-verb disagreement! Since I teach ESL, I am always combating this problem! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. How beautiful are Yellow Robins. Once again I am drawn to know the animal totem symbolism … “Robin: Robin signifies stimulation of new growth and renewal in many areas of life. He teaches that any changes can be made with joy, laughter and a song in the heart. Robin shows how to ride the winds of passion within your heart and become independent through this change. Robin will teach you how to move forward with grace, tenacity, perseverance and assertion. Are you letting go of personal dramas? Ones that no longer serve your higher purpose? Are you exercising compassion and patience in mental, spiritual and emotional areas? Robin will teach how to incorporate new beginnings with faith and trust in the process. It is time to believe in yourself and use the inspiration that is given. Listen carefully. It is time sing your own song for a new period in life force abounds.”

    • thank you elladee … it is indeed a new time for me, and all of us, as i am drawn into teaching yoga nidra … and the fullness of no longer searching for who i am … ๐Ÿ™‚

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