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Not a proper pet but thinks he is...

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GrandmaH Thu 18-Oct-12 11:32:44

I have a robin who thinks it belongs to us & I dont know why he/she is behaving so strangely.
If anyone knows why at this time of year a daft bird should flutter at the living room window & sit in the bush outsdie singing his/her head off all day I'd love to know.

We had this in the Spring with bluetits but I thought that they were attacking their own reflections & it was mating season. It stopped after a couple of weeks.
This daft bird does it all day long & I out a sucker type bird feeder on the outside of the window to stop it flying into the glass this worked for the bluetits). It sits there quite happily all day- eating the food- tapping on the glass & singing away.

I don't mind as it is very sweet & I don't even object to the messy window but I'd love to know the reason behind it.

The cats are going demented with frustration & the poor dog- who's basket in right under the window keeps looking up as if to say - 'Oh bog off & let me sleep'

Any ideas what it going on- I daren't open a window or I really think it would be in!

annodomini Thu 18-Oct-12 12:07:26

Is it defending its territory against its own reflection?

GrandmaH Fri 19-Oct-12 10:24:28

I really don't think so - that was my first thought but it seems very happy & sits there singing his ( I don't know if it is male or not) head off all day. He eats the food & he is just always there. He looks into the room with his head cocked & doesn't mind if I get very close to the window. He doesn't even seem fazed by cats on the window sill now.

It's very odd.

shysal Sat 20-Oct-12 16:36:18

I have been walking in woodland this afternoon and noticed that the robins were singing their hearts out, but surely it is too early to be trying to attract mates. I wonder what is going on.

shysal Sat 20-Oct-12 16:51:27

I did a Google search, which did not really explain the robin's behaviour, but both sexes sing most of the year round except during the moult, which will have just finished.

GrandmaH Mon 05-Nov-12 14:16:49

He's still here & behaving just the same except he now waits in the hedge every morning singing away until I fill up his food- usually he starts at daybreak so he has to wait a while. A bluetit has started feeding too but he gets chased away if Bob the Rob sees him. I think he will be with us for the winter now. He has stopped flying into the window which is a relief- he just sits in the hedge or on the feeder.
I think he is just a very clever little bird who has found a way of getting his own food source. I am even looking at robin's nesting boxes now so maybe we will have a family next year.
The cats have decided they can't win & mostly ignore him now.
We are really quite fond of him now he is sort of part of the family looking in the window all day.

Anne58 Mon 05-Nov-12 14:34:54

With patience, it is possible to get robins hand tame.

jO5 Mon 05-Nov-12 19:03:49

Some birds mate all year round. Perhaps robins do. The singing would be to attract a mate, and the reflection fighting would be defending its territory.

We had one a few weeks back at the holiday cottage we were staying in. Doing just the same thing.

jO5 Mon 05-Nov-12 19:05:56

can have four broods a year!