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Birds - Robin Page 2

Image of day on 15 Dec 2005

A robin inspecting a hole in the log for insects or spilled grain. Remember they don't have binocular vision but get the best view to the side.

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Image Taken on 12 Jan 2012 at 16:38    Image of day on 15 Feb 2012

After years of seeing Robins always chasing away any mice, suddenly this robin just ignores the mice in several frames.

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Image Taken on 04 Mar 2007 at 18:10    Image of day on 20 Mar 2007

The Robin may be chasing off the Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse), or they may both have startled by something to the right.

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Image Taken on 01 Nov 2016 at 15:54    Image of day on 11 Dec 2016

An unusual single frame with all the 3 different bird species all alertly looking to the right for reasons we can only imagine.

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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2009 at 08:10    Image of day on 25 May 2009

A breakfast-time dust-up at the nut feeder. Come on guys - there's plenty for everyone!

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Image Taken on 09 Mar 2014 at 13:04    Image of day on 15 Apr 2014

Genuine unusual single shot (modified images and montages say so in the labels).
Better a shouting match than claws or beaks?

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Image Taken on 14 May 2007 at 16:31    Image of day on 28 May 2007

Looks like a little territorial disagreement in progress.

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Image Taken on 20 Dec 2010 at 15:12    Image of day on 21 Feb 2011

An unusual view in the snow of an otherwise fairly typical aerial skirmish between a great tit and robin.

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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2010 at 18:15    Image of day on 12 Nov 2010

A fairly typical encounter at the camera sites, this time between a robin and a great tit. Note the capricious floating seed in front of the robin's beak.

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Image Taken on 17 Jan 2013 at 13:17    Image of day on 28 Feb 2013

The cold weather does nothing to sweeten the temper of the various visitors, and means closely matched combatants may be more determined to maintain access to the food - as this Great Tit from the normally dominant Robin.

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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2013 at 14:25    Image of day on 27 Apr 2013

Robin this time getting some resistance from a Great Tit. We expect the Robin 'won' anyway

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Image Taken on 14 Oct 2017 at 16:05    Image of day on 19 Nov 2017

The Robin doesn't argue with the arriving Grey Squirrel - just grabs a final beakful and leaves!

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Image Taken on 14 Oct 2016 at 16:41    Image of day on 28 Nov 2016

A Grey squirrel nibbles the remains from a half-chestnut husk while a Robin keeps a safe distance from the potential swiping claws, awaiting his turn.

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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2009 at 06:01    Image of day on 15 May 2009

A house sparrow may not seem very exciting, but this is one of the first of several sightings this year. Only seen here once last year, and then not for years before.

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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2010 at 19:29    Image of day on 17 Nov 2010

The change-over between day-shift and night-shift is always interesting.
Birds start singing a few minutes before the bats head for the loft.
Owls and Corvids squabble for only a few minutes at twilight, etc.
But we rarely get images of birds and mice in the same frame so 2 consecutive frames a couple of minutes apart, both showing a robin seeing off a mouse, suggest that birds are above mice in the 'pecking order', especially if the bird is a robin.

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Image Taken on 26 Jan 2008 at 16:05    Image of day on 23 Feb 2008

The Robin decides to avoid the relatively gigantic pheasant coming though the fence.

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Image Taken on 09 Oct 2010 at 17:57    Image of day on 14 Dec 2010

A quite common occurrence - a robin threatening chaffinch male.

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Image Taken on 09 Oct 2010 at 17:57    Image of day on 14 Dec 2010

But here you see the event in its original context, which somehow changes everything.

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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2008 at 05:17    Image of day on 14 Aug 2008

This is a bit of a fiddle, but the robin was originally off the edge of the frame (with tail missing) so we moved him across to make a more compact offering. Recently seeing more birds and rabbits together than we are used to - any significance unknown.

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2015 at 06:19    Image of day on 25 Oct 2015

Silly one to show you, but the chance symmetry of the Robin between the ears of the Rabbit tickled our fancy.

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