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Birds - Robin Page 17

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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Image Taken on 05 Jan 2017 at 07:24    Image of day on 16 Feb 2017

A Robin out before sunrise in a hard frost, looking for something for breakfast.

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Image Taken on 31 Oct 2017 at 06:31    Image of day on 07 Dec 2017

Before sunrise we have a heavy dew as this Robin stands on his breakfast.

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Image Taken on 15 Apr 2010 at 16:16    Image of day on 23 May 2010

A pair of Robins are nest building in a miniature conifer very close to the house. We wouldn't be able to get nearer the nest without disturbing them, but can view their comings and goings obliquely through a window. Here is an accurate montage of some nesting material being delivered.

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Image Taken on 15 Dec 2006 at 15:56    Image of day on 27 Dec 2006

An elegant robin take-off.

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Image Taken on 24 Mar 2006 at 05:04    Image of day on 30 Mar 2006

During the first substantial overnight rain for weeks this soggy robin is taking off in the first glimmer of dawn.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2009 at 05:09    Image of day on 27 Aug 2009

Today two montages each of 2 images. First a melding of two events about 2 hours apart of what we think is the same young robin that makes a nice 'Robin taking off' sequence

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Image of day on 27 Jan 2006

A robin with wings stretched upwards showing the amazing feather colouring.

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Image Taken on 13 Oct 2011 at 07:18    Image of day on 25 Nov 2011

A robin launching from the ground to see off an over-flying Dunnock.

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Image Taken on 09 Feb 2017 at 07:20    Image of day on 26 Mar 2017

Elegance on mud!

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Image Taken on 27 Feb 2018 at 14:39    Image of day on 06 Apr 2018

A Robin launches itself from the snowy ground.

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Image Taken on 20 Oct 2011 at 07:30    Image of day on 30 Nov 2011

2 days later the Robin and Dunnock are still skirmishing

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Image Taken on 18 Oct 2011 at 18:03    Image of day on 30 Nov 2011

In a wonderful flurry of wings the robin that 'owns' this site sees off the long-suffering dunnock. A male Chaffinch just watches - they seem to be more evenly matched & the robin may get more resistance.

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