Robin male trying to get a little action with the window

Robin male trying to get a little action with the window

Philandering robin-husbands, that is.

We are ready to pull out our hair.  Remember that robin who kept pecking at the basement window at the end of April?  Well, he’s still at it.  At least once or twice a day, he tries to two-time his wife.

He attempts to mate with the basement window over and over and over again.  (This is not the faithful robin partners who hatched the babies from yesterday’s post.  They are a good married couple.  No, we’re talking about the Basement Robin.)

For awhile, thanks to my mother-in-law, I pushed a couch up against the window.  He stopped for a few weeks and fell in love with a “real” robin and began to build her a nest.  But the minute I returned the couch to its original position in the basement, he started again.  I re-blocked the sliding glass door with the couch for another week.  He stopped.  Finally, I moved it away, and, sure enough…the robin daily re-appears for his daily philandering.

Sulky love-struck robin pouts on bucket back in April

Sulky love-struck robin pouts on bucket back in April

We just grimace these days when the robin begins his daily hammering.  We don’t speak too highly of his behavior.  Frankly, he irritates us.  I know you could turn this around.  Instead of looking at him as “unfaithful” we could instead look at him as faithful to his first love.  His reflection.  But we just want him to get on with his life.

Not only that, he’s made a huge mess of our downstairs doorway, the wall, the downstairs window.  Someone is going to have to clean up this mess, eventually.  And that someone is probably going to be…me.

The robin's mess

The robin's mess

I just don’t want to clean it too soon.  Need to wait until he’s done with his wanton behavior. 

This afternoon we realized the result of his philandering unfaithful behavior.  THE NEST.  His BABIES.  Oh my goodness.  The nest measures only about two inches high.  Because he’s been so delinquent, the nest was not properly constructed.  The poor babies are practically falling out of their decrepit home.  It’s quite sad.

Disadvantaged robin babies

Disadvantaged robin babies

They kept singing and chattering beneath the deck on and off all day.  The mama and daddy did deliver worms.  And the unfaithful robin only knocked against the window later in the evening, when the day’s feeding chores were finished.

Who would have thought robins deal with philandering?  Not me!

Oops!  I may have erred scientifically about the motive behind this robin’s pecking at the basement window.  Please view the comments to read what flandrumhill has to say about male robin behavior.    He may be a family man after all… 

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