Monday 18 June 2018

Robin, the murdering hoodlum

'The hare in coursing is the equivalent of the sliotar in hurling... the essential difference being that it is a sentient creature, susceptible to pain.'
'The hare in coursing is the equivalent of the sliotar in hurling... the essential difference being that it is a sentient creature, susceptible to pain.'
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - That's it! I've had enough of the tweets and spin from the members of the robin fan club. I could just about keep my beak shut after reading Joe Kennedy's 'Fearless robin a caring bird of courage' (Country Matters, Sunday Independent, January 21) but when Damien Boyd's 'Tales of the mighty robin' (Letter of the Week, Sunday Independent, January 28) joined in the dawn chorus, I had to take up my quill in order to prevent this growing media frenzy from taking flight. It seems as though they both have been enchanted by the twitter feed from the robin family and its groupies.

Allow me for a few moments to peck a little hole in their media bubble with a recent 21st-century, not so "heart-warming tale" of what Joe refers to euphemistically as the robin "securing extended territory" and Damien describes as "their pluckiness and bossiness".

Just as the Christmas cards were flying in the front door, with symbols of peace and joy on them such as the robin redbreast, a 'mighty' robin was committing a murder most foul in my back garden.

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