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.

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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.

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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 ‘Robin’ – the telegraphist obviously thought we’d made a spelling mistake! So Happy Birthday Rohan/Robin xx)

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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. Thank you. Are they similar to the ones in the US then which are bigger and have a larger red front. I never really took any notice of the birds when I lived in SA. Regret that now.

        2. I have a few pics on my blog. Will post a link just now. They are bigger and like the English ones they follow the spade and they LOVE water. If you put the sprinkler on they will appear from nowhere. The Cape Robin Chat as it’s now called (they renamed it) is very territorial and shy and never still for long. Sadly part of the breeding pair that lived in my garden got killed in a rat trap. I was gutted for weeks. It’s the first bird I hear in the morning – they are up long before everyone else.

  1. Nice blurred backgrounds Jude. Robins make good subjects for photos, almost tame.
    Is ‘Rohan’ named after the place in LOTR I wonder? Happy 40th to him.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  2. Well, I should’ve loved to have someone send me a message all about robins, Jude ! – a delightful gesture ! 🙂

    1. I was very confused at first when my mother wrote to me asking about Robin! Funnily enough we do now have a Robyn in the family, one of my granddaughters.

  3. Beautiful pictures. Robins don’t seem to get enough praise or ohs and ahs. I usually see one or two around, but one time a whole flock landed in our backyard. They fed for a while and then went on. I like them. 🙂

  4. The Robin is our favourite bird and last year we were lucky enough to have a nest and fledglings situated in a bush in our back garden. In our previous house we had robins come into the lounge on two separate occasions! We took that as a good sign that robins like us too!

  5. A lovely birthday post for your son. Happy birthday, Rohan! Lovely video too. We have yellow breasted robins who also like to follow the spade – or rake. My best encounters were when we we raking up leaf litter to reduce fire hazard (and incidentally to provide piles for lyre birds to scratch undone). The came quite close on the ground and ran up nearby tree trunks. I like the header. Should have had lessons while I had you in the house!

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