Erithacus rubecula - Robin


Erithacus rubecula - Robin

A common and frequent visitor to my garden. A small bird with a wingspan of approx 22cm, adults with a lovely red breast. The juveniles have no reda speckled breast rather than a red one. As well as singing during the day the Robin can often be heard singing at night near street lights. A trusting bird which can often be found sitting on top of my garden spade after I have been digging in the vegetable plot leaning forward with its head tilted to one side listening for the movement of some small creature for his or her next meal.



While they are resident in the United Kingdom we also get visitors from the continent. There are even slight differences in colouring between our resident and the visitor, with the visitor being slightly more olive, has a slightly bluer neck mark and is less friendly. Many of the resident Robins can spend all their life withing 100 Meters of their nest, although some also migrate the otherway across the channel to the continent.

Diet consists mainly of worms, insect larvae, and spiders but also seeds, soft fruit and berries. During the breeding season the Male will feed the Female. The Robin nests in holes in walls, tree trunks or banks, with 5 or 6 eggs and 2 or 3 broods each year. The eggs are primarily white with redish brown markings ranging from a few specks to large patches.









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