[Tweeters] The distance between fear and hunger

Rob Sandelin nwnature1 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 4 23:28:51 PST 2013

I was sitting in the garden rockery today and noticed that a very large
earthworm had crawled up and onto the path chips. It was actually well
camouflaged but not good enough to avoid the notice of a Robin. I was
actually clipping things and being active so the bird had no doubt that I
was there and it looked at the worm and then looked at me. I mentally
figured the worm was 2 feet from where I sat. The robin hopped up on a rock
and again looked at worm, me, worm, me. It was flicking its wings a bit
which I took to be a sign the bird was nervous. After a good 3 minutes, and
with me looking right at it, the robin made its move, swooped down and
snatched up the snack which it broke into pieces on the upper path a
comfortable six feet away.

Rob Sandelin

Naturalist, Writer, Teacher

Snohomish County

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