Little Robin Redbreast

Little Robin Redbreast

We have a crazy robin at Lou Messugo: he sits on a bar across the windowsill and regularly, every minute or so, flies into the window, tapping it with his beak. I can hear the noise fom the other end of the house. It's like someone's throwing pebbles at the window to get our attention. It seems quite deliberate and has been going on for a few days now. He also sings his heart out. Which is nice. I just don't like him throwing himself at the window. Not only might he get hurt but it's making a greasy smudgy mark on the glass (and there's an awfull lot of bird poo on the window sill too!)

I decided to see if I could find out why he was displaying this manic behaviour and put the question to the British Ornithological Society on their Facebook page. And this is what I found out. The most likely answer is that robins are fiercly territorial and he probably thinks his reflection is another bird, so he keeps on trying to attack his rival. I haven't been able to get a good photo of this behaviour myself...

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