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Birds - Robin Page 1

Image Taken on 03 Mar 2008 at 16:44    Image of day on 30 Mar 2008

A Robin and what we think must be a Lesser Whitethroat having a mid-air skirmish.

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Image Taken on 08 Jan 2011 at 15:35    Image of day on 04 Mar 2011

A nice little montage of visitors to the hedge bottom over 20 minutes. The Tree Sparrow (2nd from left) has a leg ring off which we could read a couple of digits - if we find out more we will add it here.

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Image Taken on 14 Jan 2015 at 15:22    Image of day on 23 Feb 2015

We think this Bluetit and Robin are both landing from different directions. (There is usually very little wind in this sheltered hedge bottom so the routine 'landing into the wind' rule doesn't apply).

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Image Taken on 16 Jan 2013 at 12:32    Image of day on 11 Feb 2013

Here the Bluetit is sort-of defending its position, but doesn't stand a chance against the aggressive Robin, and we think it more likely it is making a desultory gesture at being forced to leave!

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Image Taken on 04 May 2007 at 18:13    Image of day on 20 May 2007

Its the time of territorial disputes and these face-to-face fights are typical. Note the vicious claws of the robin on the right going for the chaffinch.

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Image Taken on 27 May 2016 at 18:10    Image of day on 11 Jul 2016

A scrum of small birds were rolling up to feed at the just re-stocked post top.
Genuine single frame.

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Image Taken on 23 Oct 2012 at 17:36    Image of day on 28 Nov 2012

The Robins and chaffinches still skirmish for the sake of it, but a little half-heartedly after the pressures of breeding have passed!

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Image Taken on 26 Sep 2012 at 17:13    Image of day on 31 Oct 2012

The male chaffinch on the tree stump is not going to let that pesky robin come and have any of the pile of food bigger than he is!

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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2010 at 17:54    Image of day on 01 Nov 2010

Looks like the robin initiated this little encounter.

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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2010 at 17:54    Image of day on 01 Nov 2010

The Robin's head is uncannily sharp on the original, so here is a 'zoom in'

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2011 at 05:42    Image of day on 15 Sep 2011

The chaffinches are still feeling very territorial, here chasing robin from the tree-stump top

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2011 at 05:42    Image of day on 15 Sep 2011

A much better view of the agro from the chaffinch

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Image Taken on 22 Dec 2013 at 14:59    Image of day on 08 Feb 2014

"This stone is mine"
Meanwhile, well out of this crop on the left, a Tit nipped in unseen to grab a few seeds while the Chaffinch was distracted!

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Image Taken on 09 Mar 2012 at 16:53    Image of day on 14 Apr 2012

The Chaffinch and Robin seem to share about the same level of aggression and are often seen squabbling over access to the feeding sites.

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Image Taken on 13 Apr 2015 at 18:05    Image of day on 04 Jun 2015

The pair of Robins at this site billing and cooing (or whatever Robins do) photo-bombed by the much closer Wood Pigeon. Genuine unaltered frame.

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Image Taken on 09 Dec 2006 at 15:59    Image of day on 20 Dec 2006

The Robin and Dunnock appear not to like one another's company. Rather out-of-focus behind the log but a genuine single frame.

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Image Taken on 09 Mar 2011 at 17:49    Image of day on 06 Apr 2011

Size doesn't really count when it comes to aggression
Here a Dunnock and Robin having a set-to at the edge of the frame while. presumably, the Dunnock's mate watches,

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Image Taken on 24 Jan 2009 at 07:33    Image of day on 11 Feb 2009

Still pretty dark, but its seems it is never too early for a dunnock and robin to have a squabble.

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Image Taken on 01 Apr 2011 at 18:18    Image of day on 06 May 2011

In the left corner the Dunnock, in the right corner the Robin. These are normally only brief skirmishes

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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2007 at 18:10    Image of day on 10 Oct 2007

Several shots in a row show a battle between a Dunnock and a Robin. Here the dunnock is diving on an apparently nonchalant Robin.

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