ROBINS

BEST Robin on trellis after sharpening
Often a Robin will be first in the garden, on its own, before the crowds of starlings and sparrows arrive.  They sing a mournful song, a waterfall of warbling notes. Often too a Robin’s song will be the last to be heard as dusk falls.

Robins are small but fearless. They fight ferocious territorial battles in springtime. The result of these battles is that there is only ever one Robin at a time visiting their territory, which includes our garden.

They can come quite close when you are digging in the soil, waiting to see what you unearth in the way of protein for them. They relish insects, spiders, slugs and worms, accepting grated cheese from the wildlife gardener and suet pellets and mealworms from the RSPB and Garden Bird Supplies.

 

Robin, metal mesh feeder clarifiedRobinrobin 955.

Robin, Mar 2015Robin May 2015

 

Robins whisk about in short, straight flights. Their red breasts make them stand out against the shady overhang at the back of our garden. The Robin is a solitary bird, a tiny creature with very fine legs and feet… it will usually only appear on its own and seldom near other, larger birds.

My friend Slin married John, who is Greek. They were living in Virginia, watching birds in the garden from the window, one a North American Robin. John said to Slin ‘”Your Robin! So big!” The North American Robin is more the size of a Thrush when compared with our small, nippy ‘British’ Robin, who is also a European Robin and may have flown in from the continent.