Tag: European Robins

Do You Know Robin?

Do You Know Robin? Meet Robin.

This wonderful little fellow posed for photos when I was in Ireland. My husband and I were walking some backstreets of Kinsale when we spied this absolutely beautiful little bird. Our cameras were out and quickly engaged.

Today, I decided to identify this beautiful little bird. I searched Google for “a bird with an orange breast and head.” Up popped the result – Robin.

I mumbled something under my breath about Google being stupid. This is not a robin, I thought. Don’t they know what a robin looks like?

Then I dug deeper. Then I felt embarrassed. Thank goodness I was alone in my office when I blushed a 1,000 shades of red.

This is a European Robin. I am familiar with the American Robin. Who am I to tell the entire continent of Europe that they do not know their birds?

So, in typical Charlotte fashion (I am Charlotte) I decided to ponder this misidentification and gross assumption. Let me share my findings:

  1. Never assume anything! Research whatever you are pondering – and please look beyond social media.
  2. Be open-minded. With technology today – we have an opportunity to learn and listen to whole new perspectives!
  3. Tom-ma-to or to-mah-to…does it matter?
  4. Set you personal biases aside. If you are truly trying to learn, it is best not to have you biases interfere. If you are looking for validation of your beliefs – that is a whole new conversation.

So, what does a bird have to do with it? EVERYTHING! I am praying that the world becomes more open-minded, more exploratory, more willing to listen and learn.

Enjoy my bird photo.

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