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Old 06-12-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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I've been watching this robin for several weeks now. It will nestle down in the grass near the path to the woods and just sit there for long periods of time, occasionally picking off a bug or two around her. When I approach her she flies up into the trees so she is able to fly although I think she might have injured her leg somehow because her hop is more like a skip if you know what I mean. She's always in that same area and doesn't seem to move out of a 20 foot radius of that spot. I'm not too worried about her because she can escape from predators but has anyone ever witnessed this sort of behavior in robins before?
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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Grackles will crouch on the ground and let ants crawl on them, perhaps as a means of getting rid of parasites. I wonder if your robin is doing that? Maybe the spot on the ground is near an ant hill? Just a guess. Check out this link and scroll down to "cool facts":
Common Grackle, Life History, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Grackles will crouch on the ground and let ants crawl on them, perhaps as a means of getting rid of parasites. I wonder if your robin is doing that? Maybe the spot on the ground is near an ant hill? Just a guess. Check out this link and scroll down to "cool facts":
Common Grackle, Life History, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I've heard of birds doing that. Good call, BeeWonderful...that could very well be it...at least now she can go check for an ant hill in that spot.
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