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Birds - Robin Page 6

Image Taken on 09 Dec 2006 at 16:23    Image of day on 22 Dec 2006

The Robin seems to have been startled by the fieldmouse (wood mouse).

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Image Taken on 01 Apr 2016 at 17:46    Image of day on 10 May 2016

The 'Robtit' - a chance juxtaposition of Robin and Great Tit perhaps singing an Abba song together? Note how even the legs alternate in the lineup.

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Image Taken on 03 May 2012 at 16:49    Image of day on 07 Jun 2012

Robin and Great Tit having a Gossip over tea - NOT.

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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2012 at 18:22    Image of day on 22 May 2012

Some sort of skirmish has left the Great Tit nearly upside down.

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Image Taken on 05 Dec 2012 at 09:09    Image of day on 29 Dec 2012

The Robin seems to have got the better of the Great Tit in this in-flight squabble

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Image Taken on 23 Feb 2015 at 09:45    Image of day on 07 Apr 2015

A Robin in an almost 'Wren like' posture may still find some tiny piece of food caught up in the wood grain.

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Image Taken on 04 Sep 2009 at 18:48    Image of day on 14 Oct 2009

The robins here have again had a very successful breeding season. First a robin on a log showing off his wonderful red breast

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Image Taken on 14 Mar 2013 at 06:12    Image of day on 16 Apr 2013

The Dunnock (bottom left) looks less than delighted by the imminent arrival of a Robin and decides on a preemptive departure.

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Image Taken on 01 Mar 2009 at 10:21    Image of day on 20 Mar 2009

We don't know what the bird on the right was, but love the acrobatic attack.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2015 at 19:19    Image of day on 18 Aug 2015

Robin are very territorial, and this one is having a go at the poor innocent juvenile Bluetit who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time! The original full frame needed selective sharpening to make the action clear, but it is a single moment as seen here.

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Image Taken on 04 May 2015 at 18:42    Image of day on 29 Jun 2015

The Dunnock (near the camera) is the object of an attack by the Robin who has the Dunnocks left (near camera) wing in its beak and a claw across it's back, so the Dunnock is being pulled over towards the Robin. No sign of the struggle next day (no feathers scattered about) so we guess the Dunnock made a safe getaway and won't get so close to the robin next time.

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Image Taken on 22 Mar 2013 at 07:45    Image of day on 27 Apr 2013

Robin and Tree sparrows are forever competing for access to the nuts

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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2007 at 16:46    Image of day on 27 Jun 2007

The Robin on the left appears to be begging for the morsel in the right robin's beak. These are both adults so this is probably 'courtship feeding'.

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Image Taken on 04 May 2008 at 18:11    Image of day on 18 May 2008

We have to assume the female is on the left begging the insect in the male's beak as part of courtship feeding.

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Image Taken on 08 Mar 2019 at 09:44    Image of day on 01 Apr 2019

The Robins now move towards us as we walk about - normally at most 4 at a time when we are at one of their territorial boundaries.

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Image Taken on 28 Jan 2007 at 11:47    Image of day on 07 Feb 2007

This striking robin is calling to or at a bird flying away to the top left (it is partly in the original frame but is too poor to include).

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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2016 at 14:32    Image of day on 14 May 2016

Montage of the launch phase to the nest perhaps another 1 metre further up on the right.

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Image Taken on 08 Jan 2012 at 16:31    Image of day on 01 Feb 2012

Recently we have seen far more interactions between birds and rodents than we are used to, most often between a late visiting Robin and an early fieldmouse (wood mouse).

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Image Taken on 01 Feb 2012 at 14:03    Image of day on 06 Mar 2012

Robins rule the kitchen window perch ... if there isn't something bigger that wants access!

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Image of day on 02 Mar 2005

Territorial conflicts continue as the Robin chases off the Dunnock.

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