Robin Redbreast

Its plump round body, long slim tail, large black eyes and spindly legs on which it hops and bobs whilst feeding, the robin is one of our best known birds.

robin (2)

Known as ‘the gardener’s friend’ this little chap likes to follow the digging spade feeding on the unearthed bugs, snails and worms. A member of the thrush family the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) with its famous bright-red breast is also known for its all-year-round song.

robin (4)

Woodlands, parks and hedgerows will provide opportunities to see one of these charming birds and if you want to encourage them into the garden then put out live mealworms – their favourite snack!

(This post is for my eldest son as he turns 40 on 06 February in Sydney, Australia. He is actually called Rohan, but on the telegram sent to my parents in England from South Africa where he was born it said ‘Roban’ – my parents thought there was a spelling mistake and called him Robin! So Happy Birthday Rohan/Robin xx)

Published by


I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

59 thoughts on “Robin Redbreast”

  1. When the robins arrive here it is time for rejoicing as often this is the sign of true springtime. It is not uncommon to hear people say ” I saw a robin today!” This always makes strangers and friends alike smile at the thought of spring’s return. Lovely photo and most of all this time I loved to hear the robin which has me grinning ear to ear.

  2. I’m sitting here laughing like a fool. When I played your video clip, my cat’s head immediately popped up out of nowhere trying to find the bird. The big saucer eyes with ears perked up made me laugh out loud. Poor Theo – that was unintentional 🙂

    Happy Birthday to your son! I always thought we got it all wrong and that it should be the mothers who are celebrated on each anniversary of their children’s birth. Congrats to you too!! 🙂

    1. So sorry about confusing Theo, but glad to hear that he is well on the mend now! And yes, really we should be celebrating the mothers – all that hard work we went through too bring them into the world AND I would then have 4 birthdays o_O I think on that note tomorrow I shall go and buy CAKE!

      1. There’s always a reason to have cake!
        The way I look at it, I obviously did something right because my sons made it to adulthood 😉
        Celebrate with wild abandon!! 🙂

  3. Well you know I love this post Jude 🙂 Beautiful photos of my favourite little bird. My robin has been a constant visitor, taken full control, I love it! Happy birthday to Rohan/Robin 🙂

  4. I love the framing you’ve given these splendid pics, Jude as well as your funky header. The tale about the mix up over your son’s name is great – family history!

  5. Ah, you know I love robins 🙂 Funnily enough, I turn 40 in March and was born in Australia, my brother is called Robin and it wasn’t a spelling mistake! Congrats on the birth of the new granddaughter 😀 Of course when Simon and I marry in May I instantly become a grandmother!

      1. Simon has two stepchildren with children but they were 5 and 7 when he met his late wife. His stepdaughter is my younger brother’s age and has become one of my best friends! His daughter decided to start a family a little sooner than any of us would have liked, aged 18! She has two boys, 4yrs and 17 months, and she finds it very hard work. No surprise there! We love the boys to bits but for her sake we really wish she’d listened and waited.

        1. One of the advantages of having children when you are young is that you have lots more energy! And you are still young when they leave home. I had Rohan at only 21 and I loved being a mum, but I never had any money or my own house. Things do work out though in the end – I travel much more now and still feel young enough to enjoy doing so 🙂 She is lucky to have your support.

        2. We keep trying to tell that to Charlotte but she wants to do all the stuff other young people are doing now! She could regret her behaviour as the children grow up. There’s only so much one can do to support and advise though.

        3. True. A shame she doesn’t accept that she is NOT like others her age now. She should just be happy being a mum for now. I never had any regrets, but I did without a lot.

        4. I don’t think I know any other mums who don’t readily accept that they will have to go without in order to give to their children! Children are a precious gift and a huge responsibility. I think you really need to be ready for that responsibility and to know that your life belongs to your children as you raise them. It’s hard for me to do or say much as I just get the “you’re not my mum” or “you don’t get it, you’ve not got children” which is a pretty harsh thing to say to anyone who’s had to make the heartbreaking and responsible choice not to have children because you’re not well enough to meet their needs. Rant over!! I love Charlotte but she drives me nuts 😉

  6. So cute, robins are the cuddly ones of the bird world, and I love how you have done the heading Jude.
    I also agree with the comments about children I agree with you, have them early (actually you do not always have a choice!!!) you may not have all the wisdom for child rearing, but lots of energy, then when they fly the nest, I was 40 at that point, life is still ahead of you to explore this wonderful world.

    1. Too true, I loved being a young mum and I loved being free to do my own thing in my 40s too! I’m not saying it was easy, but I guess it depends on your attitude to life. Mine has always been to just get on with it.

Comments are closed.