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Robins are one of the most popular birds in the UK and icon for many Christmas cards over the years. Often seen flitting on walls and between hedgerows throughout the year. Males and females look near identical with a distinctive red breast unlike Juveniles which are mainly brown in appearance.  All Robins are fun to watch and have a very musical song.

Natural habitat
Robins like most gardens, woodlands, hedgerows and more.

What they eat
They tend to eat most small seeds, soft fruits and insects. They also like grated cheese. Sunflower kernels, mealworms and suet sprinkles.

Ideal nest filming time

  • Visit nest box throughout year, possibily for nightime roosting
  • Starts in late March early April.
  • Several clutches.
  • 3-8 Average egg number.
  • Incubation for around 13 days.
  • Fledge in around 14 days.

Things to note
They are very territorial with other Robins as well as other tits. It is good to keep their nest box away from others. There numbers are doing well in the UK.

Technical details

  • Latin name: Erithacus rubecula
  • Family: Chats and thrushes (Turdidae)

Equipment: Suitable camera bird box, nest boxes and cameras for Great tits are:
Most of our camera kits and complete nest box systems will be fine.  However, these are perfect:

Equipment: Suitable cameras for Blue tits are:

Most of our camera kits and complete nest box systems will be fine. However, they tend to like open fronted nest boxes. All you have to do is remove the middle panel of the nest box, which acts as a large hole. Place the box in a low position (Around 2m off the ground) Ideally covered with vegetation or ivy.

Further reading
BTO - http://www.bto.org/gbw/Species/BIRDS_ROBIN.htm
RSPB - http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/r/robin/index.asp
Garden Birds - http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/birds/robin.htm

 

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