Some things about Christmas are certain, aren’t they? I will put on a few extra pounds, I will have to fake happy on opening a random gift and dozens of robins will come fluttering through my letterbox making me feel guilty that I haven’t remembered to post my Christmas cards.
Well maybe things will be different this year. The robin has been knocked off its top spot as the bird most likely to feature on the RSPB’s top selling festive cards. Yep, you heard it here first. You are more likely to find firecrests, blue tits and long tailed tits on your mantelpiece this season than the good old robin. Robin’s don’t rock in until number eight this year.
Interestingly, the birds that feature on our best selling card also have an important winter message to tell. The teeny tiny firecrests, blue tits and long-tailed tits are among the birds that will struggle most in the cold weather due to their diminutive stature.
So when a firecrest or blue tit pops through your door this year, we hope that, as well as bringing warm wishes from friends and family, it will bring a little reminder that birds need our help at this time of year in their battle to survive the ice and snow.