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robin - Word of the Day - Sat May 27, 2023


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robin - (noun) - a large North American thrush with a dull red breast

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I hung up some shiny, noisy items near the top of my floodlights to stop a very stubborn robin from building a nest there.* 

* wouldn't really bother me, but nesting robins like divebombing to protect the nest and the mailbox is right below.... the mailman was quite vocal...

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the mailman was quite vocal...

Sadly, I've found the Postal Service's sense of duty and diligence has nosedived in recent years. I find myself hating my mailman and he has no clue what a bad thing that is.

I can vouch for how earnestly robins defend their nests. One of my cats was continually dive bombed and pecked on the head while trying to mind her own peaceful business.

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If a robin is only a North American bird, then how did the English come up with the nursery rhyme "Who Killed Cock Robin"?  Although the nursery rhyme wasn't written down until the 18th century, it's believed to date back to the 14th or 15th century.  

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51 minutes ago, Bill W said:

If a robin is only a North American bird, then how did the English come up with the nursery rhyme "Who Killed Cock Robin"?  Although the nursery rhyme wasn't written down until the 18th century, it's believed to date back to the 14th or 15th century.  

If you look up cock robin, it is the male of European robins.

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1 hour ago, Bill W said:

I wonder if Batman had a similar problem of being dive bombed by Robin. 

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I always thought so after seeing Batman (1966 TV show)

 

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"A dead robin is a good robin" Wildone 2023

I do believe that your cute, red breasted robins are one of the main factors of West Nile Virus and other virus that kill other birds and even humans!!

From my understanding is that if a mosquito has a mild form of WNV, and they bite a robin, then the robin becomes an incubator and multiplies the intensity of the virus. Then further mosquitos biting the robin have the super version of the WNV to go and bite other birds and humans, some resulting in fatalities. 

Don't trust a robin, I say :devil:  

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