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Birds - Robin Page 17

Image of day on 04 Feb 2005

Robin singing (imagine the sound!) in a hedge top. Taken 23 Jan 2000 but just as relevant to today.

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Image Taken on 09 Jan 2013 at 09:53    Image of day on 02 Feb 2013

The Robin can see Spring on its way.
From the top of this conifer the song was echoing off the garage. We are amazed how open the beak is.

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Image Taken on 07 Apr 2012 at 17:44    Image of day on 28 Apr 2012

We are surrounded by robins - this one sat on a branch a few metres away and sang to us (or more likely the other robins!)

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Image Taken on 07 May 2013 at 18:33    Image of day on 24 Jun 2013

Some of the Robins are not quite hand tame, but you can get very close where the singing is remarkably loud for such a tiny creature.

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Image Taken on 19 Apr 2012 at 15:42    Image of day on 24 May 2012

An impression of this robin singing on the mains wire near the house This sample was at 7fps

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Image Taken on 20 Mar 2019 at 15:29    Image of day on 11 Apr 2019

A Robin singing his little heart out is framed by Cherry Blossom.

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Image Taken on 25 Jan 2018 at 12:49    Image of day on 26 Feb 2018

This week the Bird song has started - moving from occasional alarm calls to territorial declarations. Standing at the North east corner of our patch this Robin stood near the top of the adjacent Cherry tree and sang his little heart out. The kooky angle is genuine. The picture quality isn't great because the sun was almost behind him.

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Image Taken on 11 Dec 2009 at 14:00    Image of day on 19 Jan 2010

While photographing the fieldfares a robin landed in conifer that partly obscures the hedge, and started singing. Here is a little impression.

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Image Taken on 01 Dec 2016 at 07:12    Image of day on 07 Jan 2017

A Robin apparently calling before sunrise in this meadow site which, without any tree cover always gets hit by the more extreme of whatever the weather is doing.

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Image Taken on 21 Mar 2011 at 09:06    Image of day on 19 Apr 2011

2 Portraits.
Robin singing despite us standing only a couple of metres away.

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Image Taken on 08 Feb 2008 at 11:41    Image of day on 04 Mar 2008

This robin was singing alternately in competition with another only 30m or so along the farm track.

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Image Taken on 02 Feb 2011 at 07:13    Image of day on 14 Mar 2011

We can't resist a Robin singing at dawn (even if we can't include the sound)!

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Image Taken on 02 May 2009 at 16:46    Image of day on 24 May 2009

And the robins never go away! This one really is beginning to look a bit scruffy with all the effort going into feeding the chicks in the tool shed chicks in the tool shed (click to view)

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Image Taken on 30 Jan 2008 at 12:31    Image of day on 25 Feb 2008

The Robins are getting ridiculously tame. This one was singing in a pool of sunlight from a twig a couple of metres away and didn't seem the least bothered by camera noise or the lens waving about. This is a tight crop so you can enjoy the detail.

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Image Taken on 29 Mar 2008 at 09:14    Image of day on 16 Apr 2008

Another ridiculously tame robin 2m from us engaging in a song duel with two other robins each 20m or so away.

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Image Taken on 10 Feb 2016 at 12:46    Image of day on 13 Mar 2016

A Robin defending his patch just after midday.

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Image Taken on 19 Mar 2009 at 05:41    Image of day on 10 Apr 2009

This took both our fancies for no reason other than 'tweeness'. Could be the male or female, but we can't help feeling its 'she' trying out the quality of the bedding on offer before deciding whether to add some to her nest.

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Image Taken on 27 Mar 2011 at 17:37    Image of day on 25 Apr 2011

The Reedmace seed heads we put out to try to photograph birds collecting it for nests has now broken up and with a freshening wind has blown it all over the photo site and get stuck onto just about anything that visits, like this Robin who might also be collecting it. Just what evolution has arranged of course - get the seeds carried away.
From 4 days before the much tidier site has a pair of Goldfinches taking away some soft seed for the nest

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Image Taken on 22 May 2006 at 13:48    Image of day on 30 May 2006

Its rained so much in the last week that the ponds are almost full again. This bedraggled robin look really uncomfortable but was see again later complete with it's mate dry and well preened.

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Image Taken on 29 Dec 2014 at 15:03    Image of day on 09 Feb 2015

No that's not snow below the Robin - just the accumulation of several days of frost. The 'Reeds' are actually mostly old Yellow Flag Iris fronds.

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