Redstart D shuffles forward

Well our recalcitrant pupil has a small effort to rehabilitate himself. In fact he was ambling forward rather nicely until the helper next door released four of the hounds from Hades. You can imagine the reaction of Redstart D. He legged it at pace.

I am tempted to put up a sign that says:

No Dogs Allowed (except Lulu who may not be a dog)

Bird Reserve. Please respect our wildlife.

I managed two artistic images of Redstart D. In Britain the Robin is only ever found on garden spades. I wonder whether our redstart friend is thinking of adopting the garden chair as an alternative. It looks as if it might be about to drum like a woodpecker. It didn’tDaurianRed2

This is ruined by the flaky paint but that’s why it is ‘artistic’. That allows me to get away with anything. I am contemplating having a cubist redstart as my next work of art. It is marginally better than the archetypal ‘bird on a wire’. But not much. I was hoping for a Bird Bouquet of Barbed Bougainvillea shot but it never happened thanks to Cerberus.DaurianRed1Half an hour later Redstart D had still not returned. And who can blame him. I’m sure Matron’s sanatorium is a far more comfy place than a hostile classroom. All the birds in the garden were screaming and shouting vile abuse at some invisible intruder. I never discovered who or what it was. A cat possibly, a Crusty Goshawk perhaps. A snake in the grass? It went on for ages and our old chum the Black-collared Starling was so high on something or other that his eyes started to glaze over. The avian equivalent of a Whirling Dervish perhaps.BCstarling

So there we are. Another day at Andrew’s Avian Academy for the Underprivileged comes to a close. It has been another trying day rescued only by your comments to which I shall now respond. Inshallah.



12 thoughts on “Redstart D shuffles forward

  1. Is that a Bougainvillea the birds of late seem to perch on? The last photo is so beautiful. I love his feet, almost like fingers and how the light is reflected on the left side of her body. I mention ‘his’ and ‘her’ playing it safe.
    H and I are off to Byron Bay for a week or so. No blogging for the mean time.

  2. I’ve got the robin in the garden. Have even left a spade out for it. I suppose I’ll have to wait until the summer for the redstarts, and even then it is unlikely to come over the garden fence. Even if I leave a rustic chair. Lovely shots.

    • I often wonder if fork handles (do I mean four candles?) would work as well as a spade. Worth a go. Maybe redstarts would take their pick.

  3. If you’re going to start with THAT stuff, I’m going away. It reminds me of attempting to put captions to Arabic educational programs in the days when I worked for The Caption Centre (no longer in existence: nuffing to do with ME !) and nearly going bonkers because we had to work around the edits with our captions … Sighh.
    I LERVE your BERDS !

  4. Many times I have stood, poised with camera, waiting for a bird to turn just a little bit…only to have some goof and his dog come bumbling onto the scene and scaring off the bird. Still, you have lightened our day with photos to cheer us through a gloom winter day (here), and I thank you for that! 🙂

  5. In my case it was brother Mugwump. Had a Robin limned up perfectly, not a spade in site – when Haaaaahchooooo comes from brother – dog-gone and bird too

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