Monday, August 11, 2008

a curious garden friendship

For the last few days, I've noticed a robin hopping or walking near my veggie garden. It appeared to be sick or dying. It didn't go very far if I walked into the area and didn't fly. Yesterday it was barely moving. Two mourning doves stayed nearby, being near the robin on the ground and not going far from it if I came near, coming right back to the robin when I moved away.

This morning I went out to water the veggie garden. The robin was lying dead on the ground. The mourning doves were sitting near the body. They still weren't leaving their friend. They wouldn't go anywhere until I scooped up the robin to dispose of the body. Then they disappeared.