Robins (Erithacus rubecula) is a resident bird of the united kingdom and can be found all year round. They are most frequently seen in the autumn and winter months while darting across the garden searching for food. You can often hear them singing from a prominent perch in an effort to warn other robins to not encroach on their land.
The robin is a little bird with a length of approximately 14cm and wingspan of approximately 21cm. They’ve an orange-red throat, forehead and breast with light brown upperparts and grey-white underparts. Both the female and male robin seem identical. Juvenile robins, on the other hand, don’t have any reddish breast and instead have spotted brown upperparts and underparts. Their song is warbling and their call a brief and sharp note.
Robins nest between April and June and can have up to three clutches during this time. The female robin lays one egg a day into a total of five or six eggs. Their nest is made from leaves, moss and other soft materials and are located in a hollow or dense vegetation such as a well-established ivy. You might also provide a nest box for robins in your garden. Hang an open-fronted nest box in a concealed location in dense vegetation like an ivy or other climbers.
A robin’s main diet consists of worms, spiders and other insects and will consume berries throughout the fall months. They can frequently be seen after gardeners around as they turn over soil or dig holes to see what interesting food was uncovered.
What can I feed robins?
The robin is a very common bird and can be easily invited into your own garden. Their favorite food is dried mealworm which could be fed straight or soaked in a little water. Additionally, sunflower hearts and peanut granules are both firm favourites while both being high in energy and rich in oil. They are quite partial to suet pellets and raisins too often being greedily consumed! You can even feed them seed mixes with ones designed for robins which will often contain the majority of these ingredients listed. Robins will largely feed on the floor, so using a ground bird table or scattering food by hedgerows and plant is best.
It’s ideal to feed robins throughout the year. They also know where to go for food when natural resources are in short supply.