Sweet Robin? Think Again!
I didn't get out this week to do any shooting and I really do miss it. I can't believe the week went by so quickly. We all say that, don't we. I guess I simply wasn't motivated enough. I can find beauty in all seasons and colors, but I have to say I'm just not a cold weather person and I'm very ready for the "browns" to go away, "greens" to reappear and flowers to bloom. Slowly, but surely it is happening!
Many of you know how much I LOVE my backyard birds and along with those greener, warmer days and blooming flowers I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the birds that come along with it! But, in the meantime I'm still observing the year round residents and lately I've had some interesting behavior going on. For anyone that pays attention you know it's the time to start staking out territory and building nests. There's so much flitting, flying and chasing going on between the birds because it's the season...to make babies! They're trying to entice and impress their mate. Or catch a mate! After speaking with a friend of mine who is very knowledgeable about birding, I believe all those things, along with the crazy, cold weather making it more difficult to find worms, are what's causing one particular female Robin to behave so poorly in my yard. If she were a child, let's just say she'd be in "time out" quite often! As I mentioned above, 'tis the season, so it is normal for them to fight amongst themselves at times but, she's been very aggressive. She pecks at and chases away ALL birds at the feeder, the ones on the ground around the feeder, at the bird bath and a couple of days ago when I went to put out food and water she even sat in the middle of the feeding tray, postured down and had a stand off with ME!!! Little stinker! I was nearly within 10 ft before she flew away only to land in a nearby pine tree and proceed to loudly fuss at me! Although I've seen her strut around the the perimeter of the feeder and the ground like a rooster, I am pretty certain it's a female because of the dull, faded colors she sports in comparison to other Robins in my yard. My husband and I have had a lot of fun and laughs watching her but I do hope she doesn't chase away my other birds.
Well, that's her story. Don't be fooled by her sweet, little "Robin looks." She's just scoping out who she wants to attack next!
Meet my bad ass Momma Robin!
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