Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 268 - Robin

The Robin (Erithacus rubecula) is a popular and very familiar bird in the UK.  I found this rather obliging individual at the Ham Walls RSPB reserve when we were in the UK.

It's another very busy week here, so this post is not going to be very long!

One of the things I like about Robins is the way in which their name has spread around the world - in many parts of the world, any bird with a red breast is a "Robin" - regardless of taxonomy or genetics. Its the same for black and white birds, many of which have Magpie in their name.

These are the best image I have managed to take of what might by the 'original' Robin.  I rather like them.





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27 comments:

The Richest Blogger said...

Thanks for the photos

Rhodesia said...

I found robins to be very friendly in the UK. While digging in the garden they were always close by to collect any worms that I might dig up. Here in France they are very shy and I struggle to get photos. Well done these are great pictures Cheers Diane

Phil Slade said...

One of the UK's most recognisable birds. Soon on 90% of Christmas cards. Thanks for the link-up Stewart.

NatureFootstep said...

it´s been a crazy year for Robins in Sweden. At least where I live. In spring they were everywhere. Never seen that many Robins before. Then they were all gone. For almost four months I have seen only one Robin. No nesting :(

Sharon Wagner said...

A fence post is always the perfect perch for great bird photos. World wide!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I have always loved this cute Robin. Adorable photos. Thanks for hosting. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I've seen a few other world 'robins'... none can beat this wee critter! YAM xx

Linda W. said...

What a cutie! Great photos, as usual.

Andrea Priebe said...

Your sweet UK Robin is a lightweight compared to ours which might be the reason she is able to levitate :) Like you, I love the Robins ... they are so common here that when we hear or see one with cameras in hand, we say "it's just a Robin" :( Not fair, I am sure, but you can only take so many pictures of the same bird before it earns the title, just a bird ... Your pictures are great and as you only see this Robin when you are in the UK it surely changes your perspective. So find some time to relax, Stewart ... isn't it time for another vacation?

Andrea @ From The Sol

Marie Smith said...

Gotta love robins!

Brian King said...

I've always liked "your" robins...smaller and cuter than ours. Beautiful photos!

Nora said...

I also think your Robin is so pretty, I am so used to our Robins that they seem plain to me as they are common in the back yard.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Nice robin shots!

Gordon said...

Beleive it or not Stewart its a while since I saw one.
Thanks again, Gordon.

Anu said...

That "original robin" is a very beautiful bird. It is very common also here in Finland.

David Gascoigne said...

Surely one of the world's best loved birds, and familiar to countless millions of people who have never seen one.

photodoug said...

Stewart, every Spring this is our favorite bird to spy. Thanks for sharing.

A Colorful World said...

The European robin is always so adorable. Just love your photos!

Henry said...

I just love this beautiful Rubin. Thank you for sharing those amazing pictures with us. Have a great day!
Henry

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

great shots, they are

Missy George said...

Robins are plentiful around here..They used to be a sign of Spring but many stay year round now..

frostonthemoosedung.com said...

What an adorable little bird! Yes, different than the red breasted bird that we in the US call an American Robin. Thanks for the photos!

Linda said...

He's a sweet little bird!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely little guy! And certainly different from 'our' Robin. One time years ago a neighbor noticed a rufous-sided towhee under my feeder and said' what an odd looking robin'.... I told her what it really was and she said 'oh no it has a red breast, I'm sure it's some kind of a robin'.... oh well, some people just don't want to learn.

I would be happy right now to see a towhee or a robin or even a sparrow. not much birding going on in my life right now.

Beth said...

He is adorable! I saw many of this rather cheeky bird while in England the summer of 2013.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos Stewart! I especially like the first one, where you caught the Robin in mid-hop (or so it seems).

TheChieftess said...

"And the red, red robin goes bob, bob bobbing along...along!"