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How robins cornered the Christmas market
The poster-bird of countless Christmas cards, December is the robin’s time in the spotlight. But robins aren’t just for Christmas. Because they rarely move far from where they’ve hatched and, generally speaking, don’t migrate , they’re with us all year round – and...
7 Dec 2015
How well do you know your robin?
Robins are everywhere at this time of year. But here are five facts you didn't know about this most familiar of garden birds: Despite their appealing looks and cute demeanour, robins are feisty birds which often fight between themselves and are aggressive to other birds, particularly around...
20 Dec 2013
Monday's Magic Moment: bring me sunshine!
Are you in need of a bit of warmth and sunshine after what's been a wet weekend for much of the UK? This gorgeous robin, taken by Kaleel Zibe from RSPB Images , is just the thing to brighten your morning! Let's hope the weather picks up soon...
26 Nov 2012
Robins don't migrate... do they?
We saw burly great skuas powering their way through the stiff breeze. Snow-white gannets sliced the air and tickled the waves with their wingtips. Pilot whales appeared from the depths, a jet of spray came from a sperm whale and a pod of common dolphins joined us to surf our bow wave! I saw lots of...
30 Sep 2009
Countdown to Christmas: 16
Hot on the heels of sharing that robins are no longer the nation's favourite Christmas card bird, we thought it was only fair to give you the chance to share your thoughts with us. Visit our RSPB Community poll , vote for your favourite Christmas card bird and leave a comment telling us why...
9 Dec 2010
Monday's Magic Moment: cheeky chappie
I don't think there's much else I can add to this cute photo of a robin by Mark Sisson except to say that I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas.
26 Dec 2011
Catch the chorus
Dawn in spring is a cacophony of noise. Our resident birds tune up for the day ahead, proclaiming their territories and warning off rivals. It’s well worth getting up early out of your warm, cosy bed. But can you tell your blackbird from your blackcap? If not, to get you started in the wonderful...
24 May 2013
Think all's quiet? Think again!
You might think that it’s the calm before the storm out there in your garden. That the blackbirds and robins are quietly going about their business in readiness for the upcoming breeding season. But, believe it or not, some birds will actually be putting the finishing touches to nests and settling...
16 Feb 2012
Countdown to Christmas: 17
Is there still room for robins at Christmas? What do you think is the most popular bird to feature on Christmas cards? I bet most people would choose the robin. But this year, we have been surprised to discover that cards with robins on are not our bestsellers. In fact, robin cards are not even...
8 Dec 2010
Monday's magic moment: frosty robins
Frost and decorations. These are two things I noticed at the weekend. There's definitely more decorations popping up in the area of Bedfordshire where I live. And it was cold too and pretty frosty when I was up and out at first light on Saturday (I hasten to say awake as well, but hey!). So...
10 Dec 2012
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