Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Bird Brain


For the second morning in a row, I have witnessed a bird brain in action. As I sat in the living room gazing out of the window wondering what happened to the sleep that I had been enjoying so much before I was so rudely awakened, I saw this robin being very silly way across the street. S/he would sit on the railing and fly into the window (follow the path of the red arrow in the photo). Again ... and again ... and ... so on ...

This used to happen to us back in Sarnia too. There was a demented robin who would fly himself into our kitchen window, hour and hour, day after day. Cuppa took to hanging tin foil pie plates and other miscellany, and those items or time caused the silly bird to turn to other pursuits.

It's always robins, never any other birds in my experience. I've had a few budgies in my younger days, and they always seemed to possess a certain intelligence. And we surmise that parrots possess some smarts because they can talk a blue streak.

You've heard the old saying, "I must have been around the corner when the looks (or talents or whatever) were passed out," but methinks that the original robin was around more than a dozen corners when bird brains were being distributed.

7 comments:

Amanda said...

Do you think it's the same Robin stalking you!?!
Love Amanda:-)

Pearl said...

wow, weird. I wonder if they have a different hearing range than some species and some frequency of sound that comes from appliances cause them to do that? Like whales beaching themselves to avoid the pain of sonar.

Donna said...

Poor little thing!!!hugshugs

Rachel & Natalie's Mommy said...

How funny is that?! We had some morning doves nesting next door and now that the babies are learning to take flight, Rachel thinks she can catch them. They are making a big mess on our driveway and front porch so I'm really ok with her chasing them. I'm not sure who/what makes more noise...Rachel or the birds. :)

Ruth said...

At least it is not breaking its neck, but the repeated concussions are not helping the memory either.

Janet said...

Everything crashes into our windows. Some survive, some don't. The cardinals attack their own images, thinking it's another cardinal. I've picked up 2 titmice, one downy woodpecker (that was a heartbreaker), a couple of wrens, and a junco. We managed to nurse a hummingbird back to survival after he stunned himself. The chickadees and finches fly into the windows fairly regularly, but apparently they're small enough not to damage themselves too much.

Coll said...

My parents used to have a dining room window that seemed to attract all types of birds to attempt to fly through it. I think it had something to do with the way the light reflected through it. Mom finally bought a window decal of a big black bird and attached it to the inside of the window. I think it actually helped. Why.. I don't know.