Robin - Erithacus Rubecula

Robin
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The Robin is the National Bird, and one of the most familiar and common visitors to the garden. Although outwardly it is a most charming creature, and very tame to man, it is very aggressive to other wild birds, even to it's own kind. They can often be seen discouraging other birds from the vicinity, as their presence is detrimental to the Robins "watch and pounce" method of feeding. Often to be seen keeping a very close eye on gardeners, and even following
them around, as the recently worked earth offers increased feeding opportunities.

Identification
A Plump bird, both male and female having an angle of brown on the top of the head, they are distinguishable by the males much more pointed, almost "V" like version. Both have bright orange/red breasts, necks and faces with a white underside and are brown on top. They sing their warbling song all year round, often throughout the night, and are almost the only bird to be heard in the Autumn.

Nesting
Nesting can occur in the most unusual places, from old kettles to a coat pocket! Their preferred place however is an old tree stump, bank or wall. Robins can raise up to three broods of young, which are a speckled buff brown colour with a white undercarriage. The nests are made of grass, moss and dead leaves, lined with hairs and wool.

Food
Main diet consists of insects and worms, but has a decided liking for sweet things, fruit cake being a favourite! Sunflower Hearts are also an established favourite.

Garden Tips
Will nest almost anywhere, try a standard open fronted nest box.