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27/02/2013 at 21:48

Our robin has been feeding alongside his/her mate for the past week or so.  It all seems very sweet but the male (I presume it is anyway)  is determined to chase any bird that even looks at them!  He is also fond of lurkng in the bushes and divebombing the other birds - he particularly hates the dunnocks.  I spend a lot of time watching the birds too   

27/02/2013 at 21:50
I had a robin assisting me today , I removed weeds and dug over soil , chucked a worm over and a got a song in reply .... Even the dog watched us amazed
02/03/2013 at 18:19

Our resident robin sits on an obelisk which has a feeder hanging inside it.  He furiously defends it, while yelling at anything that comes near him, but seems quite oblivious to the fact the blue and coal tits just go round the other side and munch away behind his back!  There are several other feeders about, but that particular one he thinks is his property.  He and his mate (I am assuming the aggressive one is the male from what I have read), usually nest in a certain patch of ivy on a fence near the top of the garden, and if i go near there he comes and sits on a pot and grumbles at me, maybe he thinks I am going to cut down the ivy - which I will, but only after he has done with it.  

02/03/2013 at 19:16
Hi Bookertoo - our robin nests in the ivy on the back of our garage. He
brought his mate along today (she usually disappears in the winter, but the
male stays in the garden all year round). Looking forward to having baby robins
again this year hopefully!
02/03/2013 at 20:10

This is a little baby robin who used to follow me all around the garden (July 2011) and eventually came to my hand for food.  Didn't see any baby robins last year but am keeping fingers crossed for more this year.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/19247.jpg?width=462&height=350&mode=max

 

02/03/2013 at 20:25

Lovely pic Caz, great that he used to eat out of your hand.

I had a similar helper last year we called him Scruff, been in a few Robin wars I think. He would come really close and wait for worms or even better vine weavil grubs, they were his favourite

02/03/2013 at 20:29

Hollie - it was the vine weevil grubs that finally made him brave enough to eat from my hand.  Glad someone else gives their birds names too

03/03/2013 at 13:35
What a beautiful photo Caz. My robin isn't as tame as yours,, but he will let
me put food out for him without taking off. They certainly brighten our days
with their presence don't they!
05/03/2013 at 15:22
Hi - Just wondering if anyone else's Blaccaps have gone missing? As the
one in my garden has lived in the same bush for about four months, I am
really worried as I haven't seen him for two days. Hopefully, he has found a
mate and has gone to live with her!! Would be grateful to hear from anyone
whose had a similar experience, to set my mind at rest!
05/03/2013 at 19:44

It seems that most of the wintering Blackcaps come from western Europe and start to return there as the breeding season approaches.

05/03/2013 at 21:06

Last couple of evenings, there's been a blackbird in the same spot,singing his heart out

05/03/2013 at 22:04

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/19393.jpg?width=375&height=350&mode=max

Siskin and goldfinch at lunch today

06/03/2013 at 09:10
Thanks for that JTG! Maybe he'll come back next winter then.
A few years ago I had a thrush which used to come and tap on my
window to be fed once the cold weather arrived and stayed in the same.
vicinity until it warmed up again. It sounds as if maybe that's what happened
to my lovely little blackcap.......I really miss him!!
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