And the birdbrain is…

I am sure that in a world filled with factoids that there must be some data on the bird species that are fairly unaware of the threats they face.  I am willing to bet, even though I have never read a single thing about this, that robins are on that list (better off than turkeys, but not by a whole lot).  I say this because I am reminded each spring as the robins emerge that they are oblivious to vehicles.  They wander around at their own pace and don’t trouble themselves to move out of the way even when a car is barreling toward them.  I think the term “birdbrain” was coined in reference to a robin.

I imagine robins’ obliviousness results in many a bird/car collision.  I am purposeful in watching out for them, and I will brake for them if need be.  I do this because I just don’t think they have the survival gene and I view it as my small part in robin preservation.

I had to stop for a robin meandering across the street this morning after taking Cheyenne to school.  Once stopped, I could see in my rear-view mirror that the lady behind me was smiling at the realization  that I was stopped for a bird crossing.  It was only then that it hit me – the robin in that situation wasn’t the birdbrain, I was the birdbrain.  I stopped traffic so the robin could cross the road.  Maybe the robins are a little smarter than I thought. ;-)

Day one thousand three hundred and ninety-two of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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3 Responses to And the birdbrain is…

  1. B-dubya says:

    Welcome to the club, BB! :D

  2. Miki says:

    Consideration for the feathered and furred friends who also live on this planet is never a bird-brained idea. After all, they were here first. I’ve been known to swerve to avoid running over a caterpillar!

  3. tim haering says:

    Bless your birdy brain. The robin sounds like Nature’s golden retriever. The blithe spirit. Was singin your song to my doggies today. Cause if you want some fun , ….

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