Apr 16 2013
On April 8 Charlie Hickey and his wife Carole heard a tapping at their front door but no one was there.
When the sound persisted they discovered a robin was attacking his own reflection in the door’s kickplate.
Convinced he was facing a rival, the robin would not give up. Here he tries to stare down that other bird.
And here he threatens him with the puff display. Look at the expression on his face!
Most birds don’t understand mirrors but I can understand why this bird is fooled. His reflection is so lifelike!
When Charlie posted these photos on his Flickr account he alluded to Edgar Allen Poe’s Raven and wrote, “In spite of Carole opening the door and the trash pickup, [the robin] kept returning until Carole covered the kickplate with the door mat.”
What a relief when the door mat went up!
(photos by Charlie Hickey)