I am a humble hard working robin
I am usually too engrossed to notice the robin that always seems to be there with me in the garden. He pays a great deal of attention to whatever I am doing. I deduce that he is hoping I will disturb something delectable and juicy. His bad luck is that I don’t dig.
When I was preparing the post about slugs that will follow tomorrow I thought I would recruit his help to provide me with a nice picture of him eating a slug.
This is just a short story of how he failed to cooperate but did provide me with pleasure and amusement and a small anecdote that illustrates a point I made in a previous post.
My speed with a camera might be described as lethargic, even sluggish.
Not today pictures of birds of the quality that Cathi passes over. Never-the-less I cannot resist telling you about my ornithological friend. The trouble is he just keeps moving. The first I see him is under my nose. Perhaps to pass the time of day? He quickly hops away. Under the potting bench or perhaps to perch on a pot? At any sign of a camera he is away and hides in a hole in the hedge. As soon as I go back to gardening he is back watching and stealing a morsel!
|You won’t catch me
|Put that camera down!
Last week I knocked out a large pot of compost that had grown one of my tomatoes. To my delight amongst the exposed soil crumbs was a wireworm and a very wriggly yellow centipede. A very hungry predator.
|Where is my manna?
The fascinating coincidence was that this scene illustrated a very common gardening delusion. Many gardeners do not actually recognise a true wireworm but almost universally, the UK over, think that the yellow centipede is a wireworm.
|It coils like a cobra It's a beneficial predator
The little ***** hopped forward towards me...
cheeky chappie I mean....
devoured the wireworm in one gulp and flitted away.
What a fantastic picture!
Missed it! And the quick witted centipede buried itself never to be seen again.
I wonder if Cathi has any nice pictures....?
I wonder if my pictures are of the same robin …?
Note for tomorrow’s post, Both robins and centipedes eat slugs
Don’t mix up beneficial centipedes with harmful millipedes