Under the Robin Radar

Years ago John’s sister Barbara and Thom gave me two birds as a birthday present. They were motion-sensitive, moving their beaks and singing when you walked in front of them. I adored them. They lived on different levels of the house, the goldfinch in the dining room, and the robin on top of the armoire in our bedroom. They recently surfaced again after having been lost with my favorite cookbooks for two years. I had the three required batteries for one bird. Robin was the first to be activated, and I put him in the kitchen. That was not a popular choice. People went by and spoke to him.

“Be quiet!”

“Who asked you about anything?”

“What was that?”

“If you don’t shut up, I’m gonna feed you a real worm.”

Before it escalated to bodily harm, I moved Robin to the bedroom where I could enjoy him all by himself. He is turned now so that the only time I set him off is when I get something out of the dresser drawer. The other day I didn’t hear anything moving in the office or kitchen and couldn’t tell if John were awake. I stooped down, sidled in front of the drawer, and opened it to get clean clothes. Good! I didn’t wake up John or the early bird.

Robin got a rewarding kiss.

It was meant as a reward, anyway.  Maybe he would rather have had a worm.

31 thoughts on “Under the Robin Radar

      1. Lar is training the grandkids to love owls. They will sit outside in the dark in the summer and wait for the owls to hoot. I think they have lots of good conversations out there while they wait. The grandson is almost 6 and loves it.

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  1. My Aunt Natalie had a clock with 12 birds on it, every hour a different chirp. I remember telling her once, were that in my house I’d shoot the dang thing and say, “Quote the Raven, NEVER MORE!” She did love that clock though. Enjoy your Robin my friend.

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  2. I have a frog that croaks when you walk by. It was so fun to scare the cats but that only works once. They smell it and realize it’s not real. It’s in a guest bedroom and I turn it off when we have guests.


  3. I think the sound of those things would drive me nuts, much like the sound of wind chimes. 😀 But this reminds me of my late mother… You’d go visit her and soon you’d hear a faint tweeting. After some hunting, you found the ‘bird’ attached to one of her plants in her bedroom tweeting its heart out – it would do that to ‘announce’ that her plant needed watering! But when I asked my mom, “Can’t you hear that?” She’d say, “Uh… no, hear what?” She was so hard of hearing! Needless to say, the plant was awfully dry and not doing too well! Lol.


  4. Ohh how sweet is he?!!! Like you, I would be won over by him too. How could you not like something like that? He’d look lovely in my conservatory … but I fear my two cats might feel he’s a snack, so perhaps my bedroom would be perfect .. on my dressing table. He would also be an early warning system to let me kno when my Grandson, Little Cobs, is in there and about to try out some of my cosmetics or perfume. lol.

    LOVE the video Anne. Thank you so much for the share. ~ Cobs. x


    1. You could definitely use an electronic bird. Mine used to live out of reach of our grandchildren. Now the younger grandson is 6’5″, and NOTHING is out of his reach. I’m glad to say maturity came with height.

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    2. Yes, Nathaniel does come in handy reaching for anything in the house. He can change ceiling light bulbs flat-footed. He spent the last two summers with us, but he may find a good job at home this year. We’ll be happy for him wherever he is.

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  5. Funny, at our local dollar store, I found little birds that clip onto things. I bought two, a cardinal and a finch and presented them to my sister and mother. They went on and on and wouldn’t be quiet for anything. I even tried wrapping them in napkins. Within a couple of weeks their batteries ran down. They aren’t replaceable, since they were so cheap to begin with, but they gave us a few laughs that day.


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