The Robins Are Revolting

Got chatting to a Robin Redbreast earlier, something I usually avoid at all costs due to their small angry bird issues and, let me tell you, this one was proper angry, but for good reason as it turns out. Looks like the Robin has officially slipped down the rankings of birds most likely to visit your garden, and the Wood Pigeons are moving in. What the fuck? Woodies taking over the urban turf? Outrageous. Guess it was only a matter of time considering how dull it is in most rural areas…

Anyway, not that I didn’t trust him, despite his name being Eugene, but I looked it up and he’s right:

“When the BTO’s survey began in 1995, wood pigeons were the 11th most common bird; this year they have risen to number three, behind blackbirds and blue tits, but ahead of robins at number four.”

The Top 10 birds most likely to shit in your garden list now looks like this:

1 Blackbird

2 Blue tit

3 Wood pigeon

4 Robin

5 Dunnock

6 Great tit

7 Collared dove

8 Chaffinch

9 House sparrow

10 Greenfinch

Click here for the rest of the sorry tale.

After I managed to calm him down I told him that there really wasn’t much point in getting wound up seeing as there was fuck all he could do about it. Take on a Blue Tit, sure. Punch out a Chaffinch, maybe, but a Woodie? Forget it. I did promise, however, that if they start moving out of the gardens onto the streets, then it’s fucking war, which seemed to make him feel better.

In the meantime, I remain vigilant and will be watching out for an increase in scenes like this:

A Woodie on the rampage.

September 28, 2008. Uncategorized.


  1. Snowflake replied:

    What’s up with the woodies then? How come you don’t get on?

    Also, what the merry f*ck is a Dunnock. Never heard of it let alone SEEN one in me garden.

  2. pigeonblog replied:

    Snowflake: We must view any bird who tries to muscle in on the urban scene as an enemy, regardless of their supposedly relationship to us. Have to say, I’ve no fucking idea what a Dunnock is either. Must look it up. Whatever it is, it’s done well to hold onto the number 5 spot.
    Your pal

  3. What The Fuck Is A Dunnock? « Pigeon Blog replied:

    […] The Fuck Is A Dunnock? A while back, when I posted about how the Robins were revolting because they’d been usurped by the Wood Pigeon in the Top 10 Garden Birds list, a load of you emailed me asking me what a Dunnock was seeing as it […]

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