Held Hostage by a Robin

On May 12th I commented on the annoying antics of a resident robin. Six days later he is no longer “fluttering at” our windows, but throwing himself against them! One by one I have closed every blind in the house.


This morning resounding thumps wakened us at 6:30 a.m. He had found the only window that has no blinds… our ensuite bathroom. We tried draping a towel over it, but the robin is now hitting the screened portion. On a sunny holiday weekend such as this I resent being held hostage behind closed blinds but I’m not sure what to do about it.


Somehow, I don’t think the Animal Control officer is about to come out and rescue us from a robin.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Weird Wildlife and Fluttering Feathers

There must be something strange in the air here. A few days ago I mentioned that we’ve been entertaining an aggressive squirrel who defends the birdfeeder from all would-be diners. Today he was challenged by a robin.


Now, we all know robins neither eat birdseed nor frequent birdfeeders. You’ll normally find them hunting down worms and larvae in the lawn or berries in the garden. It turns out birdseed wasn’t this robin’s goal. He was clearing the deck of potential opponents! At least that’s my take on it.


Once the squirrel was gone, the robin turned his attention to his own reflection in our windows. For more than three hours he flew at the glass, never touching it but belligerently fluttering bare inches away. When I closed the blinds he perched on the railing nearby and continued to dart periodically at the windows to guarantee his mirrored image didn’t return.


I love watching the wildlife around here, but these guys are weird!