I will start by saying that my husband and I have a great appreciation for wildlife lest you get the wrong idea while reading this post.
For the last several years the maple tree outside our bedroom window has been the spring/summer home for a pair of robins. We have been mostly aware of this because one of the robins (the early bird) starts singing very loudly each morning – hours before the sun comes up.
From a distance this Robin’s song may be a soothing sound somewhere in the background of our dreams but from fifteen to twenty feet away, even through a wall/window, it sounds like and dance tune coming on with the speakers at full volume. I don’t think I know anyone who wakes up ready to dance at three or four o’clock in the morning. We certainly don’t.
I do understand that the early bird gets the worm but why is it that only this one feels the need to announce it to the whole world???
Last year one of the Robins started a new annoying behavior. I’m assuming this is the male since their job is protect their family. He began flying into our (closed) window. Not just once but over and over again – day after day.
I have read that one reason for this is that he may see his own reflection in the window and think it is another male threatening his nest or family.
The good news is that this year that the pair have found a different tree in the area to build their home. I can still hear the singing in the early morning hours but it’s coming from a distance and not nearly loud enough to wake me from a restful sleep.
The bad news is that even though they are not living in our tree this knockin’ robin continues to mount aggressive attacks on our bedroom window.
His behavior is baffling to say the least. Is he defending his territory? Is he in some kind of distress?
Or has he completely lost his mind?
Monday as I wrote my word of the week post, and vowed to put more effort into offering grace to the undeserving, I thought of this Robin. Yesterday I decided to try to help him. I taped sheets of newspaper to the inside of the window thinking that this might reduce the reflection (appearance of another robin) or in some other way deter him from slamming his body into the glass. We were out at the farm for most of the day so I really didn’t know if it did any good until this morning when the knockin’ robin was at it again.
So it’s back to the drawing board as they say or favorite search engine as the case my be. I’ll give you an update if I find anything that works. I am also open to suggestions.
Have you ever witnessed this type of behavior in a bird? Do you know of anything that might deter this behavior?