Hi, we have this friendly little fellow living in our garden, in a hedge and generally around and under anything when it rains, he really has been this scruffy all winter though he loves bread crumbs, seeds and cake crumbs:-). He will feed off the ground or off the patio table. He holds his own with the magpies and blackbirds so is a fiesty fellow.
We live in a fairly rural area surrounded by trees and fields, but he doesn't seem to venture much from the garden, in case that helps.
Any idea what type of bird s/he might be as i can't find anything on the RSPB identifier?
See 2 x pictures below.
Looks like a robin with a very bad mite infestation!
Is there anything we can do to help him?
You already are by giving him a good food supply! Not much else can be done for him... hopefully he'll grow a nice new set of feathers after the next natural moult! I'm not much of an expert though so maybe someone will give better advice! :-)
Nice shots by the way!
Hm I have seen this a number of times at this time of year. most often in members of the tit family. particularly if the adults are feeding young in a nest box.
Hi Chaisc, and welcome to the forum.
It looks like mites to me, but he looks happy enough - providing no-one gives him a mirror!! You are doing all you can by feeding him, and make sure he has water and somewhere to bathe.
You're doing really well helping this bird! I'm pretty sure its a robin with very bad mites because on the head, you can see leftovers of the orange feathers and the wings are brown. Keep helping it and lets just hope that it recovers!