When I visited ‘my robin patch’ on the golf course this morning I was confronted with some views that dismayed me somewhat. All was well at the start. The female was first in to say hello as usual.
The male took a while to arrive and when he did so, he had difficulty landing on a perch. When he was finally settled, he remained in a crouched position.
As I watched for a short while, he would sometimes stand and pick at his left foot. I saw then that he has some sort of major trauma to his left leg/foot.
Poor little b…...! I wonder how that happened. The pair sometimes spend time feeding in a neighbour’s paddock in the usual robin ‘perch and pounce’ manner, perching on the top strand of a barbed wire fence. Did he get his toes hooked in the fence?
I shall try and remain positive and be secure in the knowledge that often wild creatures can be quite resilient in these situations. I’ll keep you posted.