One of the best parts of this beginning of better weather is that the soundtrack of the outdoors changes. It is full of chattering and singing birds.
The Robin , who continues to sing through the winter has definitely upped his game and is a star of this new soundscape.
We are lucky that the tall tree at the corner of the garden seems to be a favourite singing spot for the Robin. This joyful and varied song lifts our mood and spirits without fail.
The Robin (Erithacus rebecula) is a member of the bird family old world flycatchers and chats.
Male and female Robins look identical , young birds have no red breast. They may be pretty birds but they are aggressively territorial. female birds are allowed into male territory at breeding time.They eat worms, insects, invertebrates , seeds and fruits.
Robins build nests in some unusual places , old pots, boots, even peg bags. They lay 5-7 eggs and the chicks are fed by both parents.
Here are some more robin facts.
- Robins sometimes sing at night in urban areas, confused by the street lights.
- They weigh 16-22g
- Pairs of Robins can have 3-5 broods of chicks a year.
- Three quarters of Robins in Britain die before they are one year old due to predation.
- About 10 percent of older Robins die in territorial disputes.
- The first record of a Robin taking good from a human is from the 6th century.
- They are one of the first birds to sing in the morning and one of the last to stop at night.
- British Robins are friendly with humans and associate often with Gardeners especially when digging and worms are on offer.
- Continental Robins are more shy, this may be because of a history of hunting.