Update 7/24/2012: He hung out in the tree for quite a while, then a young Sparrow and a young Cardinal joined him in the tree. He flew off with them and when I went out to check on him he was definitely gone. I called and made noises for him but he never showed up. I cried I was so broken-hearted. But I knew he was learning how to be a bird at least.
We had to go into town and were gone for quite a while. When I got back he heard my voice and started chirping. I went looking for him and he flew to the fence and sat there looking at me. Then he flew up and landed on my arm! He was talking and chirping and chattering at me constantly! I took him inside and fed him then put him on my shoulder. He stayed there for a couple of hours! When it was time for bed I placed him in his cat carrier, covered him up and he is now sleeping quietly here in the house.
Tomorrow I'll let him out again and see what happens. If he chooses to come home at night, that is just fine with me! Robins usually only make it less than a year, but can live as long as 6 years. I'd like to see my Thor make it all those years and hopefully more!
I'm soooo happy he isn't forgetting me so quickly! I know I'll never forget him!
Update 7/31/2012: Thor is still hanging around! In fact, he's still coming to me for his feedings during the day and in the evening he wants to come in to stay for the night. So after his evening feeding he hangs out on my shoulder, then when he decides it's time to fly to a high place, I catch him and place him in his little cat carrier house. If this continues I'll be getting him a bird cage of his own.
I see I haven't kept up with the updates here, so I'll fill y'all in.
Thor never did take to the "public" bath & feeding trough! LOL I had to set up one specifically for him on his little carrier/house. In fact, he didn't like it at first, so I had to keep his water bowl full so he could take his bath in there. I've posted pictures here of one of his bathing sessions.
He always had so much fun with his baths! :)
Here he's sunning himself on the porch deck. At first I thought he was in trouble, but not, just enjoying the sunshine!
Thor began staying out one night here & there, but always came back the next night to stay in his house here inside. He'd fly around the house perching on the curtain rods, the top of the TV, and finally resting on my shoulder. He'd go to sleep there until I put him in his little house for the night.
Finally, he began staying out at night, but as soon as he'd see me he would do a fly-by, landing nearby to talk to me a bit. And in time the space between me and where he'd land would be further and further away. One day he only spoke to me from the tree he had taken up residence in above the chicken house. He'd chirp at me while I let the chickens out and fed them. I'd chirp back and we'd hold a little birdie conversation.
Once the weather turned cold he must've joined the rest of his friends and flown to warmer climates. Prior to his leaving we saw him on the hill with a flock of other Thrushes, and he was considerably larger! All that good food I'd had fed him helped him to grow a good 20% bigger than the others.
Having him around was a pure joyous pleasure. I hope some day I'll get another chance to raise another baby bird as I did Thor.
Bless you Thor for blessing me! May the Gods see that you live a long, healthy Thrush's life!