Name: Andy R
We have a large robin that likes to kick at our window screen, at the
south side of the house. It does not matter whether it is gloomy or
bright outside, so I do not think its a reflection in the window that
is making it do this. It hangs around feeding on the ground, but when
done feeding, it spends its time repeatedly flying from a grape vine
(about 5ft from the window)into the window screen..bouncing its feet
off the screen.. and then flying back to the vine. There are no other
pets or animals in the vicinity, and the room is usually quite dark
compared to the outside. What is this bird trying to do?
It probably is attacking its reflection, though I do not often hear of birds
attacking reflections when there is a screen on the window. I do not know of
any other explanation.
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Update: June 2012