Saturday, March 14, 2009

Camera critters

Below is Cheep-Cheep! I have posted them before, but thought they were worthy of publishing again for Camera Critters. I saw Carletta's post of robins here and it reminded me of him.
I don't know if Cheep-Cheep was a boy or a girl....he fell out of nest of a neighbor during a summer storm and knowing our girls as they did, they brought him to us. He was not near this far along.
We raised him on night crawlers. A very expensive proposition. I cannot remember how many times he ate a day. We had him in a homemade cage in our backyard, and soon as we walked out the door, if he was hungry there was all these little cheeping noises he made. So that is where his name came from.

And now this is something I sort of wish I had a picture of and sort of glad I don't...he could eat one and one half night crawlers, but if we gave him two, the second one came crawling back up and out! It was gross and funny all at the same time. (I have a weak stomach--it don't take much to get to me.)

The girls would run water in a bowl and he would take baths...just such a sweet little critter. We had vacation scheduled, and had a kid taking care of him. When we came back, someone had left the cage open and he had escaped....we knew it was close to time and always hoped he made it own his own. He had been free and up in the trees by our house before, but always came to be fed. So maybe he did survive...for years, every robin we seen in the yard we wondered if it was him.

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22 comments:

Snap said...

Wonderful story and pictures. Thank you!

dot said...

Cute pictures and great story except the part about the worm. lol

kden said...

What a sweet story. It's better to think that he did visit for several years. I love his mohawk.

Tootie said...

A sweet story! I'm sure it did come back to visit and maybe still does. :-)

Tink *~*~* said...

What a great critter story! It's so rare to successfully raise a baby bird to maturity. Good for you!

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Mary said...

What a great story! How cute he is and how brave of you to raise him, with worms coming back out!

Deborah Godin said...

Cheep-Cheep is sweet sweet!

Michele said...

I love your story here... it was awesome and the photos are just precious!

George said...

What a nice story. Hopefully Cheep-Cheep is one of those robins you see in your yard each year.

Dianne said...

I'm sure he is one of the visitors! what a wonderful story, good on you!

he was an adorable baby :)

Carletta said...

Oh Rose! What a great story! I'm glad my post reminded you so we could hear this.

The first shot reminds me of an old man with uncombed white hair. :)

Janet Creamer said...

Awww! Baby robins are so cute!

i beati said...

looks very young Sandy

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What fun memories, Rose. I bet he/she was one of the robins that visited your yard later!

fishing guy said...

Rose: What a fun experience for the children to have done this. He looks like he needs a haircut in the first shot.

Manz said...

Beautiful photos and a very touching story.

I love how you have images of both perspectives - it leaves an impression just as if I saw him in the flesh.

Bruce said...

I like your hair-do in that first picture mr. cheep cheep. You are one lucky bird, that's all I have to say:)

Tricia said...

Awww! Well, I'd like to think that he went off & got married & had a few babies! hehehe!

Mimi said...

What a wonderful story. I especially love his "hair" in the first picture!

Carla said...

how super cool is your Cheep-cheep!

TexWisGirl said...

yikes on the worm!

Judy said...

What a cute story, but I'd probably have lost it if I saw a worm coming back out.

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