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Tue., July 1, 2014, 11:45 a.m.

Call of the not-so wild

A robin in a tree behind our house was singing its head off this morning.

A delightful sound, of course.

My wife wondered how the bird would respond to hearing the recorded call of another robin. (We have a bunch of plush-toy birds that play recordings of the species in question's distinctive call. One of them is a robin.)

So she quietly stepped out back and activated the recording.

The real robin paused for a moment. What was it thinking?

A) What the hell? B) Must be one of those indoor robins. I've heard of them, but hadn't ever seen one before. C) That guy's singing is a little flat. D) Can't understand a word. D) Hey, I'm singin' here. E) What? No way I owe you money. F) Other. 

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