Robin has a long record in European folklore, but that Robin is not our Robin. Two entirely different birds with the same common name. The earliest immigrants to America from Europe were the ones that got things confused and nobody has seen fit to straighten it out since then. (Dedicated birders keep them, straight with the scientific names.)

The Tlingit people believe that our Robin was created by Raven in order to please people with his song. Emily Dickinson used Robin in her poetry. We all know the story of Robin Hood and some of us used to follow the adventures of Batman and Robin in the comic strips of a bygone age. Al Jolson was famous for singing When the "Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bobbin' Along." Robin is well represented in our culture and is generally very well respected, if, on occasion, we tend to take him for granted.

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