For the last few weeks, I have been watching a particular bird- a Robin- fight with himself. Over and over, I watch this bird fling himself into the window reflection- although not very hard- bounce off, flutter a way briefly, only to go for it again.
And again. And again.
I asked Jake to make a scary picture. He did.
The bird went to the other window.
I asked Jake to make two more.
Doesn't matter. The bird still sits in the crook of the Japanese maple tree, takes aim, and boom.
I have a few observations about this bird.
For one, the bird is stubborn. It refuses to "lose" to a superior foe. After about an hour of bouncing, he leaves for the day. Does he learn? Nope. The very next day, he comes back, and tries again.
Clearly, he is right. He will win this battle, a battle he is fighting the same way over and over again. It's arrogant and without thought or examination.
The bird has no sense of its pattern and how it might actually bring danger to it. Its repeated attempts at being right have left behind oily stains on the windows not to mention a pile of bird poop under the maple tree. It is easy prey.
I have contemplated a slingshot. The PETA people can feel free to complain but the pile of poop is actually on my new deck and I'm sorry, a plain ol' robin isn't going to win over a brand new deck.
The oblivious disregard for it's own safety because it is going to get that bird one-way or another, is probably linked to natural selection. You know the female robins are all saying, That dumb bastard is still slamming into that window.
We're over here waiting to have some babies and he's just doing the same damn stupid thing, over and over again.
Not to mention Jake's pictures are fairly fierce.
It's almost 3PM. Like clockwork, he's back.
I've had more than one human male see the behavior and say, well, anything to get laid.
That's not it. Not at all. It's about stubborn arrogance. It's about the inability to see past itself or to learn from repeated failure. It's about hopeless dreams of conquest.
Reminds me of a lot of men I know.
It also makes me think of the Iraq war and the ridiculous rhetoric that is spoken about "winning" war that cannot be won and "stabilizing" a region that has been unstable since the dawn of time.
Just as fruitless and pointless as the bird that just did his first daily attack on the window.
Only the cost is so much higher.