Had a great day today at the fantastic RSPB reserve, Fairburn Ings. I've lots of photos that I'll be using over the next few days. Sadly the nuthatch and the kingfisher didn't make an appearance for me. I've seen these wonderful birds there before but never been able to get good shots.
|Robin (Erithacus rubecula)|
As you can see from these two shots he was really close and quite happy around us. I have had them come closer but for a tasty treat of a meal worm, not just a few crumbs. You can see below a one was eating out our hands.
Well now to my research. Here are some facts about robins:
- Every continent has its own robins although only the Japanese and Ryukyu robins are closely related.
- If you want to see a robin in your garden the best way to do so is to dig. Often within minutes one will sit on a fence or something ready to inspect the newly overturned soil for earthworms.
- Male and Female robins look almost identical but a male's red forehead is a U shape and a female's is a V shape. Juveniles have no red breast and are dotted with golden-brown spots.
- Robins are extremely territorial and don't tolerate some other species with similar diets like dunnocks.( For more info on dunnocks see my other post Yearofnature - dunnocks)
- Nearly 3/4 of robins die before they are one year old! 10% of those robins die defending their territory.
Here are a few links to robin info sites:
Hope you enjoyed.