Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bird Brains

WindowI say "bird brains" with the utmost respect because I believe most birds are pretty darn smart. Unfortunately, we humans are in the habit of putting windows in places they don't belong. If you look closely at the photo (click to enlarge), you'll see the outline of the crow that flew, with great force, into my living room window. I'm sure he was a little stunned, but he did fly away. He must've seen the sky through the dining room window, at the opposite end of the room from this one, and headed for it. I now keep the dining room drapes closed. Poor guy.

And, last week, I saw a robin do something unexpected. He was eating the shelled peanuts I'd put out for the chipmunks and squirrels. The bird chomped on the peanut with his beak, then gobbled down the tiny pieces . I've never seen robins eat anything but worms. Perhaps the lack of rain has affected the worm supply, or I've just never paid enough attention.

8 comments:

Jan said...

Good excuse for me not to wash my windows. :)

Lynn Sinclair said...

What? We need excuses for that?

Karla said...

I so wouldn't wash that off for quite some time, might repel other birds from hitting it in the future!!! Weird about the peanut eating robin, maybe he's gone vegetarian!!!

Lynn Sinclair said...

That's probably true, Karla, but it makes me sad every time I look at it.

NuclearToast said...

Us humans are always putting things where they don't belong. Just ask my face (doors, windows, telephone poles), my sides (store displays and shelves) and my shins (furniture edges).

Maybe the robin just ate some berries and was trying to get the PB&J thing going on his taste buds.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Maybe the robin just ate some berries and was trying to get the PB&J thing going on his taste buds.

Then I should have put out some bread too! And I hear you about the inconvenient placement of furniture and shelves. Although I've yet to run into a telephone pole.

Georgie said...

Oddly enough, there was a Windex commercial about this very same thing in recent years. The birds were "laughing" when their other bird friends slammed into a glass door that had just been cleaned with Windex.

But now I really don't know how funny that might be for a poor bird...in real life. Yikes!

Anyway, cute story about the peanut munching robin. All he needed was a baseball game, I
guess. :-)

Lynn Sinclair said...

I'd forgotten all about that commercial, Georgie. Much funnier for animated birds, I imagine.