I live in the woods of Northern Minnesota, where birds, deer and wolves live in relative peace except when they eat each other. Years ago, house wrens built a nest under our deck and for several years raised their young as we creepily stared at them through the slats above. Well, last year, robins, which are larger, booted the wrens out of their nest and took over. It was still fun to stare creepily at the robins, but we felt bad for the wrens that did all the work building and reinforcing the nest over the years.
Well, lo and behold, a few weeks ago the wrens built another nest about eight feet down from the old one and resumed their egg-laying, chick-raising routine. Until today. This morning we looked down at the wren nest to see that robins had taken over that nest, too.
Something about the robins’ behavior reminded me of hipsters. So, without further adieu, here are …
10 reasons why robins are like hipsters
10) Robins wear orange vests. Male robins clearly spent more money on their vests.
9) Robins were really into spring before everyone else.
8) The robin’s song isn’t the prettiest one you’ll hear in the forest, but everyone knows it because robins insist upon themselves.
7) Robins have chicks even though they move a lot and don’t know where they’re going to end up.
6) Robins can’t just have normal eggs like everyone else.
5) Whenever sh*t goes down, robins ditch their kids.
4) Robin chicks seem like they’re having a great time until you get there.
3) Robins are up so early that you’re not sure if they ever went to bed.
2) Robins spur gentrification of bird neighborhoods.
1) Robins get high all the time, but are actually pretty good at coming back down.