The Birds Of The Air

 Last week my husband discovered this nest of a sabiá (robin) built on top of our water heater outside. Quite the interior decorator, I'd say!

                                     Look at the cute greenery circling the top of the nest...
And the red trim! Maybe she's getting ready for Christmas, huh?

Well, since the day the nest was discovered, we haven't seen any bird in or near the nest. Not sure what's going on. Maybe she detected that I'd be nearby taking TOO many pics...Gotta find a safer, more private place, she said. 
But I daily hear robins singing, charming us with their plaintive but melodic songs. We are in our Springtime here in southern Brazil so the variety of birds with their songs and activity is an entertainment for me these days. Gotta love it.
                                                           Can you find 2 birds here?
 "Oh, robin, fat robin, you're the symbol of Spring!
    You're the orange-breasted creature with a sweet song to sing.
Without you my yard would be a quite dreary place,
For you add to its beauty with your color and grace..."
(except from "Message Of The Birds")

Postscript Oct 16: A comment by a reader got me curious so I researched a bit and found out that the sabiá (or sabiá-laranjeira) is a Turdus rufiventris or Rufous-bellied Thrush which is only one of about 85 species of the thrush family. Wow, I learned alot!

  "And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, 
   and the birds of the air have nests,
   but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head."
    (Luke 9: 58) 


  1. Lovely to have birds nearby. This looks to be quite a large robin variety.

  2. Out on the island this past weekend, I had the privilege of being chased by my fav small owl and some tetu birds. Saw a little bitty green hummer and some of those red-head birds, not to mention a few itty bitty chirpy grey birds.