February 9th 2014

The Robin

The Robin

We’ve had three Robins in the garden lately. One of our most widespread birds, there are an estimated 5.5 million pairs of Robins in Britain. Their success is partly due to their wide-ranging diet (insects, fruit and seeds), and partly because they have 3 or more broods a year. They defend their territory all year which is why they are one of our only species that sing all year round. Males and females are very similar- best way to tell ‘who is who’ at this time of year is behaviour. Males will display aggressively to each other, to hold a territory- they usually just sing and take an aggressive stance but they have, rarely, been known to fight to death. Conditions: A dry day with sunny intervals and gentle south-westerly breeze, light rain showers and rain coming overnight.The Met Office Chief Scientist, Julia Slingo, commenting on the extreme weather this winter, said “A warmer world will lead to more intense daily and hourly rain events”. Temperature: Max 7 – Min 1c.

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