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The Robin – (Erithacus rubecula)

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

This friendly bird can be seen in gardens around the UK and are frequently one of the first birds learnt by name by children due to its cheeky, bold behaviour and bright red breast and face. The bold behaviour is due to the robins extremely territorial behaviour. With over six million territories in the UK the robin is on the up and up as it should be as the UK’s national bird. Robins enjoy seeds, nuts, fruit and suet from garden birdfeeders though their favourite foodstuff are invertebrates. Worms, beetles, slugs, ants and spiders are all delicacies through the robins eyes so next time your digging in the garden keep an eye out for them, they are most likely close by keeping watch! This behaviour is so well developed that robins at Greenacres Rainford will follow anyone in a high-vis vest as they know at some point they are likely to start digging!

By Tom Cowley

Sketch by Tony Bishop

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