Bird Brain?


Empty feeder Wm


A strange noise..

Loud. Coming from the kitchen. Something rattling against the window?

The feeder is attached to the glass on the outside of the pane. You can see that it’s empty, but for the few grains of seed trapped on the external ridge at the back. A robin had been standing right inside the box, hammering its beak hard against the perspex, in an effort to get at the unreachable seed.


Filled feeder Wm


Best refill it. It wouldn’t be nice for the bird to get a bent beak now would it.

We attached a remote cable to the camera and left it in place, thinking that it might be a while before the robin returned.


Robin feeder Wm


About ten seconds later the shoot was a wrap.


2017-11-10T08:56:01+00:00March 2nd, 2013|Tags: |


  1. CherryPie March 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Cute 🙂

    I find that Robins quite often come close to humans and are not so timid as some of the other small birds.

    • Jessica March 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Certainly I have a constant companion when I am weeding!

  2. 1gus1 March 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Ever watchful!

    • Jessica March 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      Now that he knows how to get a refill methinks he will be doing it again!

  3. Wendy March 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Lovely photo; robins are such bold, cheeky creatures. I remember, years ago, we had one that came into the living room (it was amazingly house trained) and would sit on the TV, quite at home.

    • Jessica March 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Oh wonderful! In the last house I had one that would take grubs from my hand. Perhaps I can get this one equally tame.

  4. haggiz March 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Great close up. I’m looking forward to the close up of the squirrel wedged in there though! Julie x

    • Jessica March 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      It’s found it already Julie, and fallen off and onto the (glass) cold frame below. Nasty accident narrowly averted. The feeder may well get moved.

  5. Denise March 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Brilliant! I love robins because they are so brave and presumptive.

    • Jessica March 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      I think this one has designs on a nest in the shed. It was spotted flying out of there the other day. Have to remember to keep the door closed or we’ll be well stuffed.

  6. Jill Chandler March 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Whenever we go out to our car our robin is there and when we return also, he is in danger of being trod on! Just wanting his handful of seed away from the busy bird feeders.

    • Jessica March 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      I know what you mean. My gardening companion is always too close to my feet.
      Your painting of the robin was brilliant!

  7. Rosie March 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Great, robins are very astute birds! Last year we had a robin that would come onto the kitchen window ledge and stare with a beady eye until we gave up washing the breakfast pots and went out and gave him or her some mealworms and suet pellets. What a character!

    • Jessica March 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      They know just how to get what they want don’t they! And would we have it any other way..

  8. Simone March 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    If you see any flat beaked birds in your garden you will know they were trying to get unreachable seed!!! I would love one of those feeders attached to the glass- and what a great close up shot you got of the robin too!

    • Jessica March 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      They are dead cheap, but will give you so much pleasure. From Amazon. This one was originally intended for the window in my mother’s nursing home. But she’s on the first floor and her window doesn’t open far enough to get it through! So it’s ended up with us.

  9. BadPenny March 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    How lovely.

    • Jessica March 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      It is lovely to see birds so close up..

  10. Josephine March 3, 2013 at 4:35 am - Reply

    And you made one little Robin a very happy little bird indeed !
    I miss the English Robins, such a sweet little bird, American Robins are a much larger bird, as large as a Dove.
    Great pictures !

    • Jessica March 3, 2013 at 9:56 am - Reply

      I just looked up the America robin.. much larger, but still cute though!

  11. Ali March 3, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I know just how that Robin feels, but I’m glad nobody papped me as I pressed my nose to the coffee shop window waiting to get in out of the cold 2 mins before official opening time!

    • Jessica March 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      I hope the coffee was good! It’s really cold again today, ready for some warmer weather now. Later in the week I gather, along with rain!!

  12. ropcorn March 3, 2013 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Aww! What a cute birdie. And what a smart idea to set up the camera like that, because birds are hard to get close to without them noticing and flying away. Hm, very clever idea. Might have to borrow that one. 😉

    • Jessica March 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      If you use a tripod and a remote cable or wireless device to trigger the camera, and stand some distance away, the birds are less bothered. Good luck!

  13. steph March 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    if your robin is anything like mine….she’ll undoubtedly decide to build her nest in that feeder. (had one in my feeder last year—-and raised two broods there. happy little birdy!

    • Jessica March 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      In that case I’ll definitely move it to somewhere where the squirrels can’t get at it! Thanks Steph.

  14. snowbird March 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Oh my, what a beautiful robin! I keep meaning to get wildlife cameras!

    A very cheeky chappie that has you VERY well trained.xxxxx

    • Jessica March 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      He certainly does.. !!

  15. elaine March 3, 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Great to be able to see the robin close up like that – I am not sure if we could encourage them to come so close to the house – they seem to fly off if there is any movement indoors.

    • Jessica March 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      It’s the same here Elaine. Setting up the camera with the remote was the only way round it. And, possibly, a very hungry robin!

  16. Em March 4, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I used to have one of those things on the window but no birds ever visited it. Then it fell off and broke, so it’s lovely to see one actually working properly!

    • Jessica March 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      I am amazed it works. The robin led the way – the tits and even the nuthatch now use it too. But all of them are cautious, any movement in the room and they’re off.

  17. Natalie March 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Love love love the little Robin!

    I have Wild Turkeys outside my window right now, draining my feeders. A little bigger and much less cute than your Robin!

    • Jessica March 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      He is cute isn’t he. Or she. But wild turkeys I’d love to have too.. and cardinals!

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