[mou] Strange robin behavior

Karen Kraco karenkraco at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 23 15:57:10 EDT 2007

It's fighting its reflection. It thinks it's another
male in its territory.

We have a robin on our block that keeps attacking its
reflection in the rear view mirrors on the SUVs parked
on our block. My neighbors have taken to covering the
mirrors with plastic bags, because the bird makes a
mess on the doors.   It doesn't seem to bother with
the mirrors on the smaller cars.

Karen Kraco

--- Jenn <jreed77 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> My mom just emailed me with this description of some
> weird robin behavior. We were wondering if anyone
> has
> any ideas why she is doing this?
> "I heard a persistant pounding noise.  It sounded
> like
> someone hitting on a board just outside my bedroome
> window.  there was a robin trying to fly into the
> window!  It flew up about 6 to 12 inches and then
> out
> and back to the sill.  My moving the curtains did
> not
> scare it.  I had to put my hand right up to its face
> to scare it away!  I figured all that thumping
> wasn't
> good for it.  I made coffee and there was the noise
> again, but not in my bedroom, but in the guest room
> window, doing the same thing.  I had to wave at it
> again as just opening shades and curtains did not
> startle it.  It was the same robin - one of its tail
> feathers was turned up or out a bit and was white.
> It's mate was close by in the tree but didn't do
> that.
> It kept coming back to those windows at least a
> dozen
> times, even when I was at the computer!!  What do
> you
> think it was doing?"
> We're both curious and I thought I'd see if anyone
> has
> any ideas...
> Jenn

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