Saturday, November 6, 2010

Twitter…the real deal?



If I Tweet Can I be called a Twit? Or is the correct word a Tweeter?
If I don’t have earth-shattering news to share is that only a Twitter rather than a full-blown Tweet?
All this mumbo-jumbo is actually moot as I don’t Tweet…well I do, but no one seems to be “following” me. Does that mean I lack social skills or friends or both?
Or are my “twitterings” not worth following?
But the type of Twittering I want to tell you about, dear reader, is not the electronic kind at all.
As a freelance travel writer and broadcaster I am very lucky as my office is at our house. This means that as I write I am able to look out at a water feature and a LARGE Common Ash tree in our front garden

And it was while sitting at my desk that I discovered that we have a family of Cape Robins that are living outside my office window.
Some weeks ago I started noticing that a robin seemed to be taking a real interest in a large Jasmine bush. Upon investigation I found a small well-camouflaged nest with a couple of eggs inside. At this point, so as not to stress the birds, I left the nesting site alone and let them get on with hatching the eggs.
After a couple of weeks I again peered into the nest to be faced with small insistent beaks looking for food.
There seemed to be either 2 or 3 chicks in the nest, but I was not sure.

Both of the adult birds seem to take turns at feeding the chicks and both are very busy in the garden searching for food, which seems to be in constant demand.
Even as I write this both birds are flying to and from the nest with almost head-spinning frequency.
As all of them seemed to be doing well without my interference, I left the status quo to continue as nature intended.
At this point neither of our cats seemed to be interested in either the chicks (too difficult to get to the nest?) or the adult birds.
After returning home from a recent trip, I went to see how “our nest” was doing and I was greeted by 2 chicks…there might have been a 3rd but the nest is small and the chicks are large by comparison.
At this point I decided that photos were in order and both adult birds left me alone while I captured these images.
Our cats had been in a cattery while we were away and I was keen to see if the noise of the rapidly growing chicks would attract their interest.

To date, I am happy to report, neither of them seem to have taken any interest.
But that might change once the babies try to fly and both my wife and I will be keeping an eye on the nest during their early flying lessons.
While sitting and writing this I have just seen both babies fly from the nest…
I really hope that all the chicks make it and will continue to live and breed in our garden.

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