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robin protection watch: day 2

Ju Ju's obsession with the robins has only increased since yesterday. When let out this morning after her breakfast (her usual routine), she waddled with scary determination across the lawn and plumped herself down directly beneath the nest. Christopher Robin and Robin of Sherwood flew to the garden fence, whereupon Ju Ju barked at them (seriously, it has to be heard to be believed) and glowered impotently. The poor old robins twittered about the garden, and they and Ju Ju exchanged squeaky noises until I dragged Ju Ju back to the house. Now she's sitting at the back door, staring straight at the robins with an even more psychotic than usual look in her eye. What can I do? I can't stay in the kitchen all day to make sure Ju Ju stays away from the avian pair. Can anyone think of some sort of cat repellent that I can put near their nest?

I don't know what's come over her, I really don't. I mean, I've had her for nearly five years and she's spent much of time lying around the garden while birds frolicked around her. She's never shown any interest in, like, eating them before. Why on earth has the bloodlust suddenly kicked in now? It's a mystery.


May. 3rd, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
I have robins in my yard, too, but the stupid things didn't build their nest up high, like yours did. They put it on top of a ladder my father had leaning (horizontally, not vertically) against the wall behind the garage. The nest is about two feet off the ground. I'm amazed the neighbor's huge orange hunter cat hasn't got the mother robin yet, but he will surely get the babies when they hatch. My dad is thinking of moving the nest very quickly with something non-human-smelly... he built a little wooden shelf/box and thinks he may be able to get out there, nail it to the garage up high and move the nest quickly enough that she won't care that much. I dunno. I wonder how long bird's eggs can last without the bird sitting on them.
May. 3rd, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
...Although I just read that a robin will abandon her nest if it's moved at all because she's memorized the features around it and won't recognize it as hers if it's moved. I don't know! I don't think they'll last if the nest stays there.
May. 3rd, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the multiple comments, heh. My dad decided not to move it. It's very close to my dog's fence, so hopefully he will be a cat/skunk deterrant. Also, I took a picture!
May. 3rd, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
Awww, how pretty! And poor stupid impractical robins. At least Christopher Robin and Robin of Sherwood's nest is high up - I don't know if they've laid the eggs yet, because it's too high to actually see in.


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