Meet Elvis

@simone10 (21675)
Louisville, Kentucky
July 19, 2016 7:04am CST
Well, sort of. This picture of a male robin came from Pixabay but he looks just like the robin we have here with the messy feathers on top of his head. There are tons of robins where we live but there is one that has stood out since the first day I saw him. We have a big pine tree right outside our balcony. The first time I saw this robin, I noticed how his feathers on top of his head looked all ruffled. He looked this way every time I saw him. So, I named him Elvis for his crazy hair (feathers). Elvis is so cute to watch. He protects his little pine tree with all of his might. He is usually walking or hopping around the bottom of the tree and if any other birds (especially robins) come near, he runs them off. This can be quite comical to watch. I have watched Elvis since the first day we moved here, which has been about 4 months. A while ago I noticed that he wasn't around as much. I was afraid that something happened to him. It would be 3-4 days and sometimes a week before I would see him again. A couple of days ago, my brother saw Elvis hanging around another tree. It seems that he is now a father and has been taking care of his mate and offspring. I really have missed him but I am so happy that he is alive and being a good father. Do you have any wildlife that you watch everyday?
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@sofssu (14490)
19 Jul 16
I watch some birds that come here all the time. Your Elvis looks really cute. I have a squirrel here who is making a pest of himself in my house. Today he was in my kitchen trying to rob the fruits I had left out on the table to be cut for breakfast.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
You actually have a squirrel in your house?
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@sofssu (14490)
20 Jul 16
@simone10 Yes, he/she has been around the house but never daring to enter the house itself. Today, he /she has acquired some courage and has gotten in. I need to trap the guy and take away to a far away place.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Jul 16
@sofssu You really do. As much as I love squirrels, they can be dangerous.
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@Marcyaz (35765)
• United States
19 Jul 16
We have rabbits in the front yard that we watch every morning and the dogs love chasing them but I won't let the dogs out in the front any longer. That Elvis is a cutie living with his family now.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
Oh, I love watching rabbits. We have some that visit from time to time. They usually love the yard here and will run and chase each other, jumping crazily in the air.
@Marcyaz (35765)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@simone10 They are really fun to watch, my smaller dog loves going out in the back yard and running the fence to get to the rabbits but they just go the other way.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Jul 16
@Marcyaz Bella will bark at the rabbits and the squirrels if she is out on the balcony with me.
@silvermist (19802)
• India
19 Jul 16
@simone10 While I do come across some birds,there are none like this steady one-your Elvis.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
I love watching all birds. Elvis is definitely one of a kind...lol.
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@silvermist (19802)
• India
21 Jul 16
@simone10 You did not get any photos of him?
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Jul 16
@silvermist No, he is not really close enough to get a picture of.
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@JudyEv (118544)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jul 16
He does look a bit dishevelled doesn't he?
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
Yes he does. His head looks that way all the time.
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@JudyEv (118544)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
@simone10 I wonder why that is. :)
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Jul 16
@JudyEv I don't know. At first I thought maybe he was still young but I'm not so sure anymore.
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@HazySue (19911)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@imone10 he is a handsome bird having a bad feather life. We love watching the birds and the squirrels. They can be very entertaining.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
He definitely has a bad feather life....lol. I also love watching the birds and squirrels.
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@HazySue (19911)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@simone10 I think people need to spend a little time just watching nature come alive.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Jul 16
@HazySue Oh, I agree. It really makes you have a different outlook on life.
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@DianneN (74026)
• United States
19 Jul 16
Our mommy robin laid eggs in a nest outside our family room window. We had a better view from an upstairs bedroom window. The babies hatched, and have since flown away. I still see them in the yard. Isn't nature great????
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
Nature is the best! I didn't really appreciate is as much until I got older and my life slowed down a lot.
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@jaboUK (53411)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
We had some robins nesting in our hedge, but i never saw the youngsters as I didn't want to disturb them. I'd just see the parents going in with beaks full of insects. I haven't seen any activity for a week or so though, so I think the little ones must have fledged. Our robins are very different from yours, a lot smaller.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
They probably have fledged. The robins we have here are huge.
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@PatZAnthony (12344)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
19 Jul 16
These are all so much fun to watch. Sounds like you have the perfect name for him too!
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
I love watching him defend his territory. He's so cute and he will actually fight another bird if necessary. Most of the time he just runs at them and they fly away.
@Corbin5 (99707)
• United States
19 Jul 16
We have the wife of Elvis here. She has had two children in the nest she made on top of our downspout. She is not a very good mother since her fledgling was in our fenced backyard, how he got there I do not know, and she was having a fit and dive-bombing me when I tried to place her baby outside the fence to protect baby from our pup Molly. Hope Elvis comes to visit, but I know he is busy at your home.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
It doesn't sound like she is a good mother. It's a good thing that you moved the baby. I'm sure Elvis will be back here soon, maybe after the babies leave the nest.
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@crossbones27 (18555)
• Redlands, California
19 Jul 16
That sounds like a cool bird and name. I try to watch birds sometimes. The problem is if I see them, my dogs see them and they chase them off.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
Fortunately we live in an apartment and watch from our balcony. If we lived in a house with a backyard, my dogs would probably chase them off too.
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@Lucky15 (33435)
• Philippines
19 Jul 16
None yet or nothing that much in here ma'am ;(
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
I'm sorry to hear that. We have so much nature here that I could sit and watch all day.
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@acelawrites (10933)
• Philippines
19 Jul 16
He could be protecting his mate and their young. So nice to watch. Yes, I always watch for the bright yellow birds who perch on trees near us. They are so lovely and whistle so loud.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
I bet the yellow birds are just gorgeous!
@skysnap (17817)
19 Jul 16
I just seen kingfisher this last weekend. It's rare to see that bird due to less water in this region and also lack of good area for home.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
How cool was that! You were in the right place at the right time.
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• New Delhi, India
19 Jul 16
Squirrels, peacocks, kites, vultures, parrots so many birds I have in my area.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
That is wonderful! I think it is pretty cool to have wild parrots around.
@ilocosboy (34344)
• Philippines
19 Jul 16
that is a beautiful bird
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
Yes, robins are very pretty birds.
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@epiffanie (9716)
• Australia
21 Jul 16
We have so many wild birds hanging around the garden .. But Bluey is our favourite one that took up residence under a rock in the front garden .. Bluey is a blue tongue lizard
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Jul 16
That is pretty cool. How big is he?
@epiffanie (9716)
• Australia
22 Jul 16
@simone10 about ten inches..He's only young..
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jul 16
@epiffanie Ten inches is a pretty good size. What size will he be when he is an adult?
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• United States
20 Jul 16
congrats to papa elvis! so glad that he's alright'n doin' his part to raise 'nother batch'f beautiful robins. there's all sorts i watch here daily - from the cotton tail rabbits to the toads 'n to various birds i've come to know quite well. 'n then there's a friendly dragonfly who likes to stop by'n tantalize me with its brilliant color...'n kind 'nough to pose fer pics :)
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
You always have such great pictures of nature. I am never lucky enough to get good pictures.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx That is true about digital cameras. Such a great invention.
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• United States
21 Jul 16
@simone10 sure's saved me a ton 'n gettin' photos printed, lol.
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@LoriAMoore (4851)
• United States
19 Jul 16
Yes, my fellow Louisvillian, chipmunks, squirrels, deer, and birds.
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@simone10 (21675)
• Louisville, Kentucky
20 Jul 16
I didn't realize that we lived in the same city! We just moved here 4 months ago and love it! We also have chipmunks. I saw one the other day that was huge. I thought it was a small squirrel at first until I saw it's tail.