Friday, February 08, 2008

Robins Partying Hard

There's a story from the Portland area about a group of robins that when on an all-day kegger at their local holly stand. They drank to their heart's content, beat up a chickadee and a varied thrush, then pooped all over Mr. McGregor's new Corvette. The end result was tragic and many of them died from getting "drunk" on the berries. The story and a photo are here.

9 comments:

Born Again Bird Watcher said...

< irony > I blame society. Chronic drinking among not just robins but many of the Turdus genus is at an all-time high and almost no federal funding is being dedicated toward solving the problem. Something really needs to be done to get these birds off the sauce and retrained in order to lead productive and fulfilling lives. < /irony >

N8 said...

Beat up a chickadee...that's great.

"Hey you! Yeah, you! You piece a Tit! Whadda you lookin' at?!?"

Patrick Belardo said...

LOL!

Lynne said...

I saw a similar incident in college when a bunch of rowdy squirrels got tanked on fallen fermented apples. The problem came when the drunken squirrels mistook students for trees and ran up people's legs (mine included!).

Patrick Belardo said...

Wow, that is hilarious!

pinguinus said...

Could be worse. I've heard that in Africa they sometimes have problems with elephants finding fermented fruit or discarded brewery slops and getting wasted. And they're mean drunks.

Larry said...

I'm not sure if that's more sad or funny-I had a problem sith a Robin that was assaulting all of the cars at our workplace with poop during the nesting season.-I couldn't believe the volume of poop the robin managed to produce as a weapon!

T.R. said...

I'll be sure to soak the ground here with cheap vodka so they can get their thrill from the earthworms too. That's a realy "dirty" martini.

Susan Gets Native said...

You bunch of smart alecs.
I've heard of waxwings getting punchy from fermented berries, but a whole flock of robins dying? Good grief.