The Robin War – Latest In Battle Tactics

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Took an early morning trip to pick up a bit to eat and got back to the battle zone around 05:40. As I listened to the news while sitting in the truck, I watch the new battle tactics, most of which are being dictated by the elder male Robin. The area of engagement has now expanded from the front lawn to both sides and the rear of the house here. The two areas off limits seem to be the trees in which the nests are actually perched and the females which are adding finishing touches to those nests.

Ground engagement has diminished as of this morning with air-to-air and air-to-ground assaults now predominating. Roof tops, tree branches, fence tops and gutter edges are the new launch points for attacks and defense. Dog fights are not uncommon, though attacks are most prevalent from 11 o’clock through 1 o’clock areal positions. From a defensive perspective, the young male has taken to using hard areal menuevers around natural (and unnatural) physical barriers in order to reach primary defended territory. The young male is showing some real guts and persistence, though clearly this is wearing on his immediate command decision performance as was demonstrated while I, sitting in my hardened truck, witnessed first hand at close proximity.

The national news had just ended and local/regional had started. I had finished my meat and egg stuffed croissant and was working on the second half of something I should probably not be drinking. A short eared rabbit, and english sparrow and a non-combatant robin were within feet of each other, peacefully doing whatever they were doing (probably discussing trade embargoes or something) up next to the neighbors SW corner by the bush planted there.

I had observed several of the previous areal encounters previously described, when both males landed on the branch of a tree just outside my passenger window. The visible aggression displayed by both parties was obvious: yeah, even Robins have body language when perched, check it out sometime. Shortly after they landed, the elder female flew by with finishing materials for her nest, proceeding directly to the pine at the SW edge of our lawn. This motivated the elder male to take a break from aggressive tactics and proceed to take up a defensive position on the roof of the garage above the pine in which the pairs nest is ensconced.

The young male recognizing an opportunity to get back to his own small territory, immediately launched himself on the straightest line he could toward that territory: A line which took him beak first into my passenger window. Darn good decision, damn poor execution! Had my window been down any further, there would have been a good chance I would have taken that beak right in the face, my face having also taken up a point on that straight line he was using. I am pretty sure there must be some fatigue involved in that miscalculation of his… .

A few minutes later, having stepped out of the truck to see whether on not the mishap had led to battles and wars end, I saw him hopping along the in the NE corner of the war zone, no visible damage obvious, though there might have been a bit of wobble in the path defined by that hopping gait. Moments later, he made it back to his mate and their territory, clearly alert and still able-bodied.

There is one thing this lucky obvserver noted this morning. Other than off-chance mishaps like I experienced (my own fault for taking on this story in my delusional hopes that I might get a Pulitzer out of the silly attempt), there is no collateral damage. Other citizens, large and small, are seemingly unaffected by this war even though they live right in the midst of the battle zone. In fact they are often within proximity of both the areal and ground engagements and are completely unaffected as close as I can observe. I suspect this has to do with the fact that there is no equivalent of bi-lateral agreements for defense or a UN involved where obtrusive and greedy noses are stuck in where they really do no good and usually drag out any conflicts to the benefit of existing power structures and nasty little players like arms dealers. Wars are waged, won and lost without the entire region becoming a red cross disaster area.

Perhaps we could learn from that…

Until next time …

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Retired automation engineer (having had many roles leading up to that). Interested in agriculture, economics, cancer research, philosophy, embedded systems and SOC(System On Chip). Enjoy the family farm and my grandsons and playing around with Raspberry Pi and Arduino systems. A bit of web programming in Perl... growing plants.... and too many other things to list.

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