ROBIN FACT SHEET

Robin in Winter

Robin in Winter

 THE ROBIN   –   Latin Name:  Erithacus rubecula

 Feeding

  • A specialist Robin and songbird mixed seed will bring robins to your garden. 
  • Feed that contains berries and insects will help the robin survive the winter.
  •  Their usual diet is insects and their larvae, spiders and worms, weed seeds and fruit berries,  seeds, nuts and oats. 
    Loves mealworms and eating from birdtables.

Description

  • Large, black eyes. 
  • Forehead, throat and breast are red. 
  • Upper part of a robin is olive-brown. 
  • Robins have  very slender legs.
  • Young are spotted and are lacking red colour

Habitat  Gardens, town, hedgerows, woods with undergrowth, copses, scrub, villages and towns. 

Song:  The robin’s song is a high, clear tone with a wide range of notes.  Calls include – tic, tick, tic.

Often sings late into the evening

Breeding : May to July

Eggs:  4-6 pale eggs.White with sandy or reddish freckles which are brooded by the female robin

Incubation:13-14 days

Fledging: 12-14 days.  Two or more broods

Nest
Cup shaped nest mostly made of moss, leaves and stalks.  Often built near the ground amongst creepers, at the foot of a bush.  Nests in gardens and hedgerows. 
Robins are well known for making nests in a variety of places, such as old kettles, old watering cans, shelves in sheds. 

Size:  The robin is a medium sized bird, up to 5 1/2 inches.   

Robins are solitary birds, sometimes fighting with eath other over territory.

Robins can become very tame and have been known to take feed out of the palm of a person’s hand.

So if you keep feeding the birds you too may gain the confidence of a robin and have the unbelievable feeling of a robin sitting on your hand.

Robin in Yorkshire

Robin in Yorkshire

Why not watch this short video of a robin in my garden –   

ROBIN IN MY GARDEN – VIDEO

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If you have any robin stories, facts,  poems or knowledge please let me know as I’d love to add them to this Robin Information Sheet.  Trisha

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9 thoughts on “ROBIN FACT SHEET

  1. Sara

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  2. Stella

    Hi

    I’ve noticed that when I’m gardening and wearing something red that my local robin is far bolder and will ‘dive bomb’ close to my head or stand within 2 feet of where I’m working.

    Stella

  3. Trish Post author

    What a lovely story. You’ve got a friend there. Take care of this little robin!

    Trisha

    PS Sorry for the delay in replying. Have put this as a short note on Bird Table News

  4. Fiona

    I have spent the last few weeks feeding a young robin with mealworms up at our allotment. I started by resting my hand on the table, gradually moving nearer to the pile of worms over a period of weeks. Now the robin recognises my car arriving, waits for me in the beech tree and flies onto my hand to take worms. It is an amazing experience and so worth the weeks of preparation.

  5. Carol

    I have two robins that visit regularly together. They don’t not fight and seem very happy with each others company. Just seemed strange when I know they normally prefer to be alone !!!

  6. Trish Post author

    Hi Carol, Yes it does seem a bit strange. Maybe there’s enough food and enough territory and so they get on.

    I saw a robin today in a garden centre. It was flying in and out of the garden centre without any fear of all the people in the garden centre. It was only about 4 inches from my face!!

  7. Keran

    Since my dad passed away I have noticed one robin who seems to come very close to me. When I am gardening it will fly to a foot away. Other times it follows me down the path as I fill up the feeders. It sits on the washing line and moves in the wind. The nearest it has come was when it flew by me and moved my fringe! I always make sure there is food and water for the birds.

  8. Trish Post author

    What a magical story. I am sure that little bird gives you comfort. There is a poem and part of it is –

    from body to body your spirit speeds on
    It seeks a new form when the old one has gone
    And the form that it finds is the fabric you wrought
    On the loom of the Mind from the fibre of Thought

    here is the link to the complete poem
    http://birdtablenews.com/2009/10/my-law-tiemi-ranapiri/

  9. Christian

    I read somewhere that if a Robin visits your garden regularly that it means someone in heaven is thinking about you.

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