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Save the Robin

Posted Friday, March 27, 2009, at 10:39 AM

We have a breakfast nook where we can sit & eat while watching the trees, squirrels, birds, sunset (if at the right time) and the little flower bed just outside. In the midst of the flower bed is a black pole with 2 painted glass balls hanging from the top and a clematis wrapped around the bottom in the summer. Occasionally a bird will perch on top.

Last summer we noticed a hummingbird hovering around the glass balls, which do look similar to some of the hummingbird feeders we have seen in stores. The little bird came over to the glass & bumped it a couple of times. We thought perhaps it saw its shadow & thought there was another bird there. We have noticed that they seem rather territorial.

This morning I was in the kitchen and heard a big thump. Actually, there were a couple of thumps. A few seconds later there were 2 more thumps. I noticed a robin perched on top of the pole. Then it just turned and flew into the window glass and up the glass and into it again at the top. This happened over and over. Finally my husband came into the room to watch it. He agreed that the robin probably saw his reflection and was attempting to attack his foe. After about 10 minutes of this the robin left.

I know there are decals you can buy to put on sliding doors or other big panes of glass so that humans will know it is actually glass and not an opening. What can we do to protect the birds? I was afraid the robin would break its beak or knock himself out.

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you might try one of those owls that they put around to scare off pigeons.

?? Or maybe a pie tin?

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, Mar 27, 2009, at 11:00 AM

I would say the robin is very lucky to not have broken its' neck. We have had them fly into it once, but never multiple times.

Counseling may be in order, but seriously I do not know a solution since you would almost have to cover the complete door to keep him from seeing his reflection.Would a temporary screen help until the mating season is over? (If that is the reason for the bizarre actions)

Hopefully the abrupt stops have convinced him the opponent in invincible, but there is always the next one.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 27, 2009, at 11:04 AM

We tried counseling with the suicidal jay at our old house, but he was in a state of denial and passive aggressiveness. (Wait - this is a jay - there is no passive -just aggressive.) Finally, we handed him over to Darwin - anything that dumb shouldn't be allowed to pass on the chormosones.

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 9:39 AM

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