Saturday, 3 January 2015

SATURDAY CRITTERS - The Adventures of Ratty and Robin

Doesn’t the title sound like a children’s story?   I was on a muddy path walking through a small forest, near water with trees in it and I had just thrown down some bird seed for a Robin, when from the corner of my eye I thought I saw something move into the undergrowth. I stood very still and sure enough My Ratty appeared which you will see on the video at the end of this post. 


I threw down some more seed and Mrs Ratty and a second Robin appeared.  Now some of the shots are out of focus however I have deliberately left them in to show you firstly, how close the 2 Robins were to one another without a fight breaking out and also how close they were to the rats.  






If I moved at all, the rats disappeared so that was why taking photographs was extremely difficult as one of the rats was very close to my feet!





Then their friend Mr Moorhen dropped by for a snack!







If the video does not appear below, CLICK HERE



I hope you enjoyed my encounter with Ratty and Robin and I thank you for visiting.  Now who's going to write the story?

I am linking this post with SATURDAY CRITTERS.


Many thanks for all you leave comments on my post.

45 comments:

  1. What fun! Great shot Margaret!

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  2. Moorhens are rare where I live. Fun to see robin and the mouse interacting. :)

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    1. t wasn't a mouse, it was a rat. Thanks for comment.

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  3. A little bird full of character, and the rats seem to be getting bolder here too.

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    1. Yes, as they say. "as bold as brass". Have a lovely weekend.

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  4. Cute photos and the video is adorable, especially when the little bird approached the rat !

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  5. What a great post, Margaret.

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  6. A lovely 'story' Margaret. What's the saying 'you're never more than three feet away from a rat'?

    I reckon you should name that one Dyson, going by the way it was vacuuming up that seed!!...[;o)

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  7. Beautiful Robins, and Rats, pretty. I've got a rat, it runs all the time in my garden.

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  8. I think Mr Rat should meet Mr Cat. Or maybe Mr Rat Poison.

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  9. Great photos and video. Those rats do seem bold and I love the pretty robins.. Margaret, thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy weekend!

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  10. It looks like those rats are used to passers by leaving tit-bits. Same with the Robins, such confiding birds that I often worry about some of them being too trusting.

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  11. Mrs Raty said to Mr Raty 'let's go out down to the water and see if the Christmas robins are there getting their christmas treats from the nice lady with the bird seed...
    And they all lived happily ever after!!
    Wadja mean I'm never going to make it as a kids story writer?!!!
    Lovely to see everyone enjoying the treat.
    Wren x

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  12. The robins are so cute! You got some great shots of the rats as well. I hope you'll have a great weekend, Margaret.

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  13. Amazing photos Margaret and great to see the interaction between the species :) Have a good weekend.

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  14. Great work. Two robins together is rare without one chasing off the other,

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  15. You can't go wrong with a Robin :o)

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  16. Sweet images. I do know for a fact that the European Robins are much prettier than the American species.

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  17. Quite a little group!! Bold indeed. Have a great day, Margaret! blessings ~ tanna

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  18. Very unusual robins, and not a fan of the rats! Ugh!

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  19. cute little varmint! as long as it's not in the house - or chewing on the house. :)

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  20. I know rats are a scourge to most, but I rather enjoy them. I had a pet rat as a child ... she was a white rat from the laboratories at the University. They really do make good pets ,,, she would sit on my shoulder and wrap her tail around my neck for balance. These are cute pictures, Margaret ... who would have thought, a Rat and a Robin ... you are right, it does sound like fodder for a fun childrens book :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  21. Wow! Small. Adventures going on right under your feet. I don't know who will write it, but you have certainly illustrated it perfectly already!

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  22. Great critter story! I'm with Andrea...had a white lab rat that was adopted from school as a pet. Wade was a good friend!
    ~

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  23. ohhhh love that cutie robin!!!!! and that little varmint, they are not my favorites!!!!!!!!

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  24. Fun shots, Margaret. Looks like you had a great walk!

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  25. Now you're channeling Beatrix Potter! :)
    Love those beady little eyes.

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  26. It was like grand central station, critters coming and going!!!

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  27. How cool is this video. TFS. the robins are so pretty.

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  28. I think I like the one with two feet the best!! :-)

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  29. Other species get on sooooo much better than ours do. Well, often they do.
    Love the thoughts of Wind in the Willows and Beatrix Potter triggered here. Thank you.

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  30. That fresh food certainly brought the guests to your feet.

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  31. You ARE brave!! I think i would have run, rather than have a rat cross over my feet! Maybe they are water rats?

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  32. Hello Margaret Adamson, wishing you a fabulous 2015.
    Been so long since I've visited... not been well. Hopefully can do better this year.

    I'm quite stunned seeing rats out and about during the daylight hours, and your photos are wonderful. Quite an opportunity happened.
    Very much loved the video. Gosh the little Robin is cutely beautiful. Very special watching Robin move about in the video.

    Very nice spot you were too.

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  33. Pretty cool to see the Robin and rat so close to one another in video. Super shots!

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  34. some great captures. that food you gave out sure brought the wildlife around. here's hoping you have a wonderful new year.

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  35. Very interesting shots! The robins are beautiful! I'm not particularly fond of rats, but you got some good shots of them as well!

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  36. A rat tries to steal the show.

    It can't fly!

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  37. Dearest Margaret; How lovely to see Robin and rat together♡♡♡ And I might as well try use You-tube to post videos if I could do it p:-) The Moorhen is first for me, unique birdie, isn't he♪

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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  38. love the cute little colourful robins Margaret....

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  39. Well, the rats have to eat too! If they did not invade our homes and carry disease, we probably would be buying rat food!

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  40. Super story, well told.
    Happy 2015!

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  41. Ratty in Wild in the Willows was a water vole - its been a while since I have seen one of them! We have these fellows in our compost pile I think!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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