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06/02/2014 at 15:24

I thought robins were territorial outside the mating season and preferred their own company - but I have seen two beautiful adults popping in and out of my Laurel in the centre of the lawn on which I hang suet balls and fruit & insect blocks in the branches. They seem really close - Could they be breeding already or just 'good friends'?

06/02/2014 at 15:44

They are probably a pair, males and females look alike.

06/02/2014 at 15:47

2 males would be arguing by now

I've just been to the GC, there was an indoor robin singing beautifully by book section

06/02/2014 at 16:28

Maybe he was looking for  a new book nut 

Wonder what it would be?

I have a pair which have been visiting together regularly for several weeks. Lovely to see them both at the food.

06/02/2014 at 17:19

Same here,  Think they must be breeding pair as they are not fighting for territory.  Used to have  'front garden' and a 'back garden robins', and if either strayed into the others area feathers would fly.  Had one nest in the garden shed one year they didn't seem to mind us popping in and out for tools etc.

07/02/2014 at 14:09

 Yeah, I've put a nest box in my old bomb shelter, should be secure enough for them. There’s a little bob hole in the home-made door and a home-made window for a bit of light, they tried to nest last year on top of some old bits of wood in there but they gave up, I think most of it was falling on the floor so they've got a nice new RSPB specs Robin box. Fingers crossed. One of them has already been in there but that was November so probably just looking for hibernating insects.

We had them and wrens and blackbirds in our shed when I was a kid and, as you say, they really don't mind a bit of disturbance. Mind you the female was hand reared, but that's a storey for another day.

08/02/2014 at 12:01

Apparently robins are more tolerant of each other around bird tables etc in the winter when natural food is scarce, but this seems to be the only time.

08/02/2014 at 12:04

A friend who lived on the slopes of Mt Snowdon had two pairs of robins nesting in the same garden shed two years ago - she said that they tolerated each other in the shed,  but fought like mad at the bird table - very unusual to have two pairs of robins nesting in proximity to each other - it was attributed to a lack of suitable nest sites in the area. 

08/02/2014 at 14:18

I'm waiting for feathers to fly - a third one turned up this morning! Maybe last year's baby??

Talking of babies, 4 and a ' half pint' (a yearling) deer in the meadow yesterday. Had wandered down off the moor, stunning Roe Deer, Sprung up from the shelter of the blackberry hedge right in front of me. Wonderful sight.

08/02/2014 at 14:37

Very likely to be last year's baby - let us know what happens 

08/02/2014 at 16:09

Wow, two pairs of Robins nesting in the same shed. That is strange. Maybe their territory border ran down the middle.


08/02/2014 at 16:18

I think there was something that made a sort of small partition between where the nests were, and an old coat hanging up between them, but they had to fly in and out of the same doorway!

08/02/2014 at 17:10

Just goes to show- even in nature there's the exception that proves the rule !  

08/02/2014 at 17:37

That urge to reproduce is so strong it will even overcome territoriality if there's a shortage of suitable nest sites.

09/02/2014 at 14:08

I have noticed two dunnocks that have been chasing each other all Winter in our garden, have suddenly become inseparable! I am pretty sure that they have paired up. They are even feeding together on our bird table.

It must be love!!

09/02/2014 at 14:28

  Tried to type the 'Heart' symbol but it won't let me. Keeps deleting it.

09/02/2014 at 17:32


19/02/2014 at 13:53

Am I the first to see tree sparrows gathering nesting material already?? Reader's Digest book says they begin nesting april-may.

19/02/2014 at 16:04

Obviously the birds don't read the books 

19/02/2014 at 18:13

Perhaps they don't subscribe to Readers Digest.  I used to and have their bird book.

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