In previous posts we have discussed the unmistakeable Robin in more detail. The Robin is common visitor to many gardens and has a highly territorial and nasty side to it with other birds. The red breast a big warning to others that may want to enter his space. To us humans though it can be one of the tamest. It is one of the birds that, with plenty and plenty of patience and stillness with calmness that you can eventually have eating out of your hand.
Whilst on one of my recent visits to Leighton Moss Reserve, it wasn’t the waders or hawks that were trying to grab the attention, it was the Robins in and amongst the trees, coming in for a closer look.
They were following me along the path, youngsters too they were as only just getting some adult colour. I stood still and they hopped closer and closer. Noticing they didn’t mind my small slow movements I even had to get down to a macro lens to enable photos.. They were happy within 6 inches of the lens without panic.
Out of all the birds in the gardens up and down the country it is the Robin that seems to more iconic. Christmas cards are full of them on their covers, and during cold winters they come and go to bird feeders when so many other breeds have gone to warmer climates. It is true that if you are really really patient you can get a Robin eating from your hand. In evolution the Robin waited for the wild boar to turn over the ground as it went along and disturbed the worms etc. The wild boar went but the humans gardened and did the same.. yes we have replaced the pigs in the Robin’s world. If you go out of UK to Europe’s mainland the Robin might not seem so tame, this is because instead of being the gardener’s friend they were hunted.
A joy to see in my world anyway for sure, even if I am following the bigger birds it is worth looking around and spending time with the smaller beings around.