The Tale Of The Nosy Robin + Reading Material For Your Edification

ONCE UPON A TIME the Lady of the House was minding her own bidness, standing in her kitchen pouring some granola into a bowl, when she was startled, almost out of her skin, by an obnoxious bird.

THIS BIRD, A ROBIN, made himself known by peering into the kitchen as if he wanted into the house.  Which wasn’t going to happen.

THE LADY OF THE HOUSE, in a Tippi Hedren moment, had a sudden horrifying flashback to The Birds, a creepy movie the Lady of the House saw at an impressionable age.

UPON REGAINING HER COMPOSURE the Lady of the House watched as the nosy robin stalked her, boldly staring at her and the bowl of granola that she was eating.

NOT WANTING TO RUFFLE any feathers the Lady of the House, a charitable woman, decided to give the nosy robin some granola.  Hence she bravely went outside onto her deck, and put a small handful of granola on the railing.

HOWEVER, THE UNGRATEFUL ROBIN flew away when the Lady of the House walked onto the deck, leaving the granola untouched.

WHILE YOU MIGHT THINK that’d be a good thing, it turns out that what the Lady of the House inadvertently did was chase the nosy robin to the front of the house where he dive-bombed the outside of the window in the foyer for hours.  The end.

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Learn More About Robins AND OTHER BIRDS

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When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin’ Along

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Happy Spring!

“Live, Love, Laugh and Be Happy”

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Ally Bean

Observant. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Midwestern by chance. Kindhearted by choice. Usually.

70 thoughts on “The Tale Of The Nosy Robin + Reading Material For Your Edification”

  1. I read ‘noisy’ first off … maybe both nosy and noisy this cheeky little ‘un coming to wish you happy Spring Day. Next time he/she visits sing that song to him – when the red red robin comes bob bob bobbing along … oh blast it’s an ear worm … passing it on to you. Thanks for the smile 🙂

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    1. Susan, you’re right! I could have called this robin noisy. Didn’t think of that. He was cute enough until he started bashing into the window, making an amazing amount of noise for such a little creature. Bing’s version of the song is a good one. Enjoy your earworm.

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  2. I like the warning in “Birds Attacking Windows’ link – “Not to be confused with window collisions.” Oh Gosh, by all means let’s not confuse the two, but were it not for the window collision who would care what the damn bird was doing. I would not have believed it had I not seen it for myself. The term “bird brain” is often well taken. Then again, if it wanted inside with you, I can’t blame it as that is my life goal as well – to get myself inside the house with you. Either that make the robin smarter than we think, or you married a “bird brain.” The truth, as always, lies in the middle. Chirp.

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    1. Zen-Den, you’re on a roll here, dear. You need to start your own blog. Yes, I so agree with you about the ridiculousness of worrying about how the darned bird bashed into your window. The fact is the little bugger did so– now what?

      Bird brain has taken on a new meaning for me, too. Thanks to this nosy robin I now know for sure that birds are really stupid. I don’t think that you’re a bird brain at all– you want to get inside the house using a door, not by crashing into a window. Big difference…

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  3. LOL! Well, I tell ya, you got some beautiful shots of the robin 🙂 Sorry about the window smashing.
    We spoke of robins this morning on the way to school. Must have been a robin convention in the hood. Not in a Tippi Hedren way, but noticeable all the same.

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    1. joey, I cannot overstate how high I jumped when I first realized this nosy robin was looking at me. One does not expect the Spanish Inquisition– or nosy robins on your window sill in the early morning. At least he was willing to have his pic taken, so I have to give him credit for helping me create blog post. 🙄

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  4. A few years ago a cardinal built a nest by our front bay window. Each day he’d periodically peck at the window, sometimes for hours at a time thinking his reflection was another bird trying to move in on his territory. Sometimes our hummingbirds will peek in the window while I’m at the kitchen sink.

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    1. Jill, the behavior you describe is what’s happening with this particular robin, too. He sees himself, then fights himself. [There’s a moral in there somewhere.]

      Our hummingbirds will do the same thing as yours. I enjoy seeing their little happy fluttery selves looking in at me. But this robin kind of freaks me out.

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  5. We used to have robins come back year after year and dive bomb our front windows. I was told by someone, because it was always in the spring, that He(?) was being territorial as it was nest building/mating season. They never asked for granola however 🙂

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      1. They are! And I think they are actually smarter than we probably give them credit for, which makes them weird and probably dangerous.

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  6. When I was growing up we had a neighbor who had those red berries growing in their front yard. The birds would eat them, get “drunk” or “high” or whatever happens to them and they would fly straight into our front room window and knock themselves out (some actually died). We’d hear the bang. Fortunately none ever broke the window although sometimes it sounded loud enough to. I am wary of large flocks of birds also, thanks Alfred! Cute response from your hubby. Afraid my mind went in the gutter a bit when he started the sentence about wanting to get in…the house…with you.

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    1. Janet, I wonder what was in those berries that made those birds get so goofy? We’ve had cardinals fly into our windows so hard that they knock themselves out. It’s trippy to find a comatose, but living, bird out on your front step. Hadn’t thought of Z-D’s comment quite like you did, but now that you mention it… 😄

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  7. I’d probably trade your window bombing robin for the mass migrations of starlings that have been passing through for the last week. They are loud enough to wake someone out of a dead sleep, and even the animal lover in me would be unfazed if they all just dropped out of the sky and expired (though hopefully in someone else’s yard)…

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    1. evilsquirrel13, I don’t like starlings, either. They are just clutter in the sky! At least my nosy robin is a loner, and is rather pretty. His orange feathers are amazing.

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  8. Our eccentric neighbor had that problem a few years back. His answer was to string up tin cans along the front of the window. I live in a nice neighborhood but it gave a little “back woods” effect until his wife made him take them down.

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    1. Kate, clever as your neighbor’s solution is, I imagine that our HOA would frown on tin cans strung up anywhere on our property! Heck, I’d frown on them. After reading the links about what to do, I’ve decided to ignore the problem. Supposedly after mating season is over, nosy robin will chill out. We’ll see.

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      1. Most of the time, ignoring is the best action. One year he got angry at the squirrels and bought a rifle. We live in a development. His house butts up again other houses with children. He’s in his 80s with shaky hands. Fortunately he has a sane wife. She hid the rifle.

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  9. Hi, Ally – I too read ”noisy’ when I first say this post. I agree, despite the ‘granola-interruption’ you got some excellent photos!

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    1. Donna, I didn’t think about “noisy” when I wrote that title, yet it’d be perfect, too. I agree about the photos. This bird wanted to be photographed, posing for me like he did. Birds are weird.

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  10. I had a robin encounter, too. The bird strutted back and forth on the deck, peering into the sliding glass doors. Other days he threw himself at the glass. We’ve had a crazy cardinal do that, but this was the first time a robin invaded our space. Maybe I’ll get some Easter cling decorations at the store today to put on that window. Would that be killing two birds with one cling??

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    1. Anne, we’ve had cardinals go wacky and dive-bomb our windows before, but this is a first from a robin. I like your idea about the Easter cling decorations. And yes, I’d say that you’d be definitely “killing two birds with one cling!” Nice wordplay.

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    1. Tara, you’ve nailed it. Generosity of spirit, and I’m snubbed by a stupid bird. Ain’t it the way? Your reference to Willis has brought joy to my day. Thanks.

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  11. great pictures of a sign of spring! Maybe if you had gone out front your robin friend would have gone back to the backyard and ate the granola he seemed to want in the first place? I hate when birds hit the window it is sooo loud and always makes me jump

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    1. teacherturnedmommy, clearly your plan is a better one than mine was. I just started to grumble about the dumb bird, instead of trying to get him to fly away from the front of the house. You said it about the loudness, made me quite jumpy. Stupid bird!

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  12. Ack . . . you’ve given me an ear worm!

    He rocks in the tree tops all day long
    Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and singing his song
    All the little birdies on Jaybird Street
    Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet
    Rockin’ robin, rock rock
    Rockin’ robin’
    Blow rockin’ robin
    ‘Cause we’re really gonna rock tonight
    Every little swallow, every chick-a-dee
    Every little bird in the tall oak tree
    The wise old owl, the big black crow
    Flappin’ their wings singing go bird go
    Rockin’ robin, rock rock
    Rockin’ robin’
    Blow rockin’ robin
    ‘Cause we’re really gonna rock tonight
    Pretty little raven at the bird-band stand
    Told them how to do the bob and it was grand
    They started going steady and bless my soul
    He out-bopped the buzzard and the oriole
    He rocks in the tree tops all day long
    Hoppin’ and…

    If it doesn’t stop, I’ll be banging MY head against a window!

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    1. nancy, now I’ve got two robin songs flitting around inside my head! I wonder which one, the red red robin OR the rockin’ robin, will ultimately win the earworm battle for my brain today. Stupid bird– great songs, though. 🎵

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  13. The antics of nature’s creatures can sometimes be unsettling. I have chickadees that often cling to my window frames, pecking at ? I have decided little seeds must fly into the small recesses of the frame – that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. As for things peering in windows at me, most often that would be squirrels and chipmunks here, sitting outside the morning room door (it’s a 15 lite door) and looking in. I take that as a signal that the seed supply outside needs to be replenished.

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    1. Carol, I’ve never heard of chickadees pecking at window frames. We had an aggressive woodpecker who destroyed two of our windows, but that’s more to be expected. Squirrels sometimes get on our deck and glance into the kitchen window, but none are as determined as yours. Obviously the word is out that a nice “seedy” lady lives in your house– and you must comply. 😊

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      1. My window frames (the part immediately enclosing the glass) are metal – and there’s a groove where the screen goes, but I often leave the screens out between fall and spring window cleanings, since I don’t have most of my windows open over winter.

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  14. Robins are in a frenzy here right now. They and the bluejays are in huge battles for nesting territory in my neighborhood, and it’s very noisy. The bluejays have wintered over, so they are rightfully irked.

    Those photos are terrific. Beautiful work.

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    1. nance, we rarely see blue jays around here. They’re mean birds, as I recall. I know that robins can be territorial, but I’ve never had one attack our house. They’re usually just fighting with each other out in the trees. I thought the photos were good, too– if I do say so myself! ☺️

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  15. As a bird lover, this story amuses the heck out of me. Even the dive bombing. I can imagine it would get tiresome, but I’d probably do something daft like sing to it. I once had a goldfinch sitting on my kitchen window sill for hours. No idea what he wanted. Clearly I was more interesting than the world outside.

    Excellent photos, too!

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    1. Kate, I wonder what that bird thought of you? Crazy that he’d sit there for so long. After an hour I got used to hearing the robin bash into the window. I worried about his well being, though. That can’t be good for any creature.

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    1. JT Twissel, now there’s a thought! Do you suppose this robin is a caffeine junkie and he was looking for a fix? He certainly was deranged enough for me to believe that idea.

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    1. Margaret, yes geese are scary. When I was a child I got chased around by one. We were at this rinky-dink zoo that had wandering birds in it. Mean thing, that goose. He wanted my popcorn something bad. *shudder*

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  16. BWAHAHAHAH!! And you did a good deed of the day along with the stunning photography! A gold star for YOU! I hope the granola did get eaten by a territorial robin and not some lurking squirrel…..Squirrels, as I understand it, are more aggressive than robins. Sometimes I think ol’ Alfred H. missed an opportunity by using birds. Can you imagine “The Birds” with flying squirrels as the predators? Now that’s scary…. 😉

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    1. Embeecee, thanks. I thought the photos turned out pretty, too– especially considering the spontaneity of the photo shoot. That darned bird wanted to have his pic taken.

      I agree with you that flying squirrels would be worse than birds and would have made that movie creepier. I found the birds scary enough. However did you think of this idea? 😕

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  17. Did he die? I have a picture window in my dining room where birds routinely collide with – sometimes they just end up with a headache and I move them out of dogs’ harm – other times I bury the bones….

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    1. Janis, I wondered the same thing. I guess he could see me inside the kitchen, but whether he could discern the granola, I don’t know. All I know is he scared the living daylights out of me, little bugger.

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    1. Akilah, when I realized that a bird was staring at me in the kitchen my mind instantly went to that movie! I wasn’t dressed as nicely as Tippi Hedren, but I was just as freaked out.

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