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Robin Poop, Territorial Turdus migratorius
Pooping, American Robin, Attacking Mirror, Glass

On a recent, brisk, March morning I decided to go for a walk and see what early spring had to offer. It was a typical Midwestern winter day, overcast, cold and breezy. The critters didn't seem to mind though. Squirrels were out with tails curled high, running from sight of the speed walking human. Many birds fluttered about, and woodpecker mating calls could be heard here and there. American robins were out in beaucoup numbers, many peoples' yards having several hopping around in search of delightful, juicy worms.


 

territorial bird, American robin, staring into mirror, ready to attack
territorial bird, American robin, staring into mirror, ready to attack


As I swung around the corner a couple blocks from home, I couldn't help but notice the white streak of bird poo screaming off the jet black of a nearby car door. Soon after noticing this unkind decoration, in flew robin from stage right, landing on top of the car's rearview mirror housing. Thinking to self, ah... that's probably the culprit. The red chested vandal proudly hopped to the door, gripping the window's weather stripping for support, and stared into the mirror. With a quick hop and flit of his wings, the robin rushed the mirror, wildly trying to push into it like a WWF smackdown superstar.

bird, male robin, attacking mirror, glass, being territorial
bird, male robin, attacking mirror, glass, being territorial

The bird clearly didn't like who he saw in the mirror! Now I've seen the occasional unsightly wolfman eyebrow hair, or extraneous nose hair extension, but I just get out the clippers... I don't go jumping onto the sink and peck at the glass! Must be my lack of a cozy grass nest or Mrs. Robin to defend.





Turns out this dirty birdy was just trying to defend his territory from other robins, including the ugly mug in the mirror. I watched him try to drive off the intruder time after time, laying a couple more reverse colored skid marks in the process. This bird lives up to its name - Turdus migratorius. Bet that car owner will be pleased with their new decorative striping!

Turdus migratorius pooping on car, bird, territorial
Turdus migratorius pooping on car, bird, territorial

For those readers big enough to own cars, you can spray soapy solution on your mirror to make it less reflective. Hope you enjoyed.

Andy Williams / CritterZone.com

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