|photo credit: Chris Gomersall|
But not before the crack of dawn.
That is downright ludicrous!
The weather has changed, which means it is conducive to sleeping with the windows open. One particular robin sits in the tree right outside our bedroom window and wants to sing his heart out at approximately 4 a.m.
Sunrise was at 5:30 this morning. I checked. Why the heck is this bird singing 1 1/2 hours BEFORE the rising sun?
They say that the early bird gets the worm.
I don't want no stinkin' worm!
Plus if this guy is singing so loudly, he's not going to get the worm either. He's waking up all the other damn birds in the neighborhood, and there's going to be a whole lotta worms being eaten.
I did a little research and found out that male birds like to sing out strongly in the early hours of day (ahem) to say that "This is my turf. And this is my gal. Stay away."
According to Paul Handford, evolutionary biologist at the University of Western Ontario, "It is a little like calling out their name, over and over again......a daily advertisement of their continuing tenure." And the reason birds sing so loudly in the morning? Their song is more consistent. (cited)
Okay. I get it. It's the robin's turf.
Blah, blah, blah.
It's MY condo. You don't hear ME screaming those words out every morning.
You don't hear ME screaming - "THIS IS MY HUSBAND!"
I'll strike up a deal with you, Mr. Robin. I'd be willing to walk up and down our block with a megaphone telling every bird that this is your turf, IF you will stop singing at 4 a.m.
Oh. And I'll be walking around about 8 a.m.
That's a more reasonable time.
For all our sake.