Sylvia and the Fledgling

While sitting at the breakfast table, I finished this morning’s Bible reading.  Sylvia had turned on the sprinkler, but when the timer sounded I went out and shut it off.  Returning to the table, I looked out at the garden and saw a chipmunk playing there.  Nearer motion caught my eye as I watched a robin chase a chipmunk up a scarlet maple.  I chuckled.

Turning my head, I saw a robin and a fledgling.  Soon the robin flew, but the fledgling remained with the bewildered look that must be common to youngsters facing a new and very large world.  He looked so precious, I went for the camera to capture a picture.

When I returned with the camera, the fledgling had moved some distance away.  Evidently frightened by Sylvia as she moved the sprinkler to water the rest of the garden.


I turned my attention to the fledgling, framed my shot and . . .  Sylvia walked by.


The little guy took this all in.  My camera didn’t know where to focus.  I just smiled.

Life is good.

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

12 thoughts on “Sylvia and the Fledgling

  1. Looks like she’s got an audience (x2). 😉
    We’re not going to be home over the weekend, so I’m swinging by now to make sure I get Father’s Day wishes over to you. Happy upcoming Father’s Day to you!

    PS It’s when it’s warm enough to wear shorts in Michigan. I remember that feeling well!! 🙂

  2. Sophie was trying to help a fledgling robin to fly this morning. We think she didn’t want to hurt it, but wanted to play. We expect mama robin was not impressed,and we moved on as quickly as we could grab Sophie.

  3. I never experienced anything so awesome. The closest was in my home across the street from Mother in Leslie, I had a grapevine wreath hanging next to my back door and the robins made a nest & I was able to daily watch the eggs as the robins wouldn’t budge as we came and went. Finally all 3 eggs cracked open and hungry little mouths were open regularly waiting their meals. Was sad when they left us, but nice to watch a happy family thrive.

  4. Made me think of our Robin’s nest just 3 ft. off the ground..checking on the nest every once in a while..first 3 blue egge, then 3 little birds, then 3 birds ready to fall out of the nest, then …wheeeeee… 3 fledglings suddenly flying out of nest all around my head with the adults mixed in. It was exciting to say the least!!

  5. Seeing new life is one of the joys of the season. It appears that both the wild life and your garden are thriving.

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