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The Gardeners Friend

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"Today if you go out in the garden with a spade it won't be long before you will be watched at close quarters by a robin."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Friendly Robin 

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"The expression 'Robins will sell their soles for mealworms is very true, especially if you use live ones."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my Great Tits 

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"I must admit it is a truly great feeling when you know that these wild birds have that much trust in you"

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rather Special Robin

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"There was one robin that will always have special memories for me."

 

 

 

 

A Curious Robin

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"Every morning when I went out through the back door this robin would be sitting on the gate into the back garden waiting for his meal worms".

 

 

 

 

 

  After Autumn Moult

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"Autumn is probably the best time to catch up with the Robin's year, just after they come out of moulting and are in the splendour of their new plumage".

 

 

 

 

 

Robin Singing in Winter

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"The robins song is most noticeable at the beginning of autumn but they will keep singing right through the winter"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tension in the male robin

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"In the early stages of pairing up there is still some tension  showing in  the male, with his  partial threat posture which the female seems to be completely ignoring"

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bonded Pair of Robins

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"Once they have paired up in the middle of winter robins will shear a territory right through until the end of the breading season"

 

 

 

 

Robin Threat Display

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"Most of the time disputes are settled  by showing off their red breasts to the best advantage in a series of threat displays"

 

 

 

 

 

Courtship Feeding

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"Courtship feeding, where the cock feeds the hen, usually starts at about the same time as the hen begins nest building"

 

 

 

Collecting Nest Material 1

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"Nest building , by the hen alone , usually starts about the end of March depending on the weather"

 

 

 

Collecting Nest Material 2

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" The nestt starts with a bed of dead leaves and is made from moss and lined with hair"

 

 

 

 

Food for the young ones

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"Both parents feed the young at the nest and in the first few days the male will bring food to the brooding hen and she will sometimes pass this on to the young"

 

 

 

 

 

Fledgling Robin

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"The fledglings have no red colouration at this stage, they are just a spotty brown colour"

 

 

 

 

Juvenile Robin - 1

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"Juvenile robin starting to take on its reddish colouration"

 

 

 

 

Juvenile Robin - 2

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"At this stage the juvenile is capable of looking after its self"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin in full song

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"A robin singing , not for pleasure but issuing threats to others to keep out of its territory".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Watchful Robin

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"A watchful robin  looking up to the heavens keeping an eye out for predators like the sparrowhawk"