As my mom would say, "Robins must be really dumb."
To explain, over the past several years Mom has taken note of all the bizarre locations that the robins in Duluth have chosen to nest.
There was the summer of 2005 when one robin made her nest in the hanging basket right outside the front door to their house. We tried to accommodate her as best we could by avoiding use of the front door, and I think it was working pretty well. Then we threw my dad a retirement party and all the extra humans made for one nervous momma. Sadly, she did not hatch any babies.
Two years ago another robin also nested in a hanging flower basket. My mom would keep tabs on her, with one update to us saying, "Mother robin is stoically keeping to her nest, trying to hatch those babies."
More recently, there was a story in the Duluth News Tribune about a robin who made her nest in a $14.95 rose bush at the Cub Foods garden center and would chase unsuspecting patrons away.
In the end though, I'm not so sure that robins are dumb, but that we make it really easy for them to nest in inconvenient places.