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Cheeky Robin

Popped down the garden centre for a few bargains, bought a few treats for ourselves too....a Robin clocked us and started following, singing quite nicely too.
Landed down on the basket and started to peck at the shortbread!
I found a few insects but he wasn't interested, he wanted the good stuff!



  • We have "Rocky"  our robin. He's often on the patio or at the bird feeder on a pergola post. He's very brave. When my wife throws a magazine at the French windows to frighten off the pesky pair of wood pigeons, he doesn't take any notice.

  • How delightful.  Robins seem to be the one bird I can't attract to my garden, which is such a shame because they are my absolute favourite.
  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Posts: 455
    Plenty of Robins in our garden, but not managed to coax one down yet. Some get quite brave.
    I did consider going down the live mealworm route, as a friend breeds them and his birds love them.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737
    We feed live mealworms to a pair of robins when they're feeding nestlings ... one of them is particularly brave and comes to take them from our hand .... one morning when the door to the terrace was open and I was a bit slow in meeting his demands, the braver of the pair came into our sitting room, flew seven metres right across the room and perched on the rocking chair and shouted at me to get a move on and provide the mealworms.  😉
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Posts: 455
    Haha, that's great!
    I will keep persisting on the hand feeding, that would be so cool.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,439
    Apparently there's the European visitors and the indigenous population. The indigenous robins are tame. The Europeans won't come near you. That's what I read somewhere anyway😏
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,936
    Our robin in Norfolk is very tame. I have to be careful I don't dig him up with the weeds!
    @Dovefromabove is also in Norfolk so maybe Norfolk robins are tame. They are more nervous at my house in France.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 2,206
    The European Robins won't come near us, they are very shy birds but do come to the feeders but fly away quickish if you approach.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,804
    'My' robin is very quick to come near if I'm digging in the garden. Quite happy to get 1-2 ft near to me. I just stop what I'm doing and we just look at each other. He's also quite happy getting sunflower seeds from the bird feeder. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • The robins in our garden take life into their "hands" so to speak.
    When we are working out there they often come down very very close to us and if we aren't careful we could step back on them...but then they are quicker than us.
    They also call very loudly if they feel that we aren't working hard enough so that they can get the worms.
    They are singing at the tops of the trees now.
    Love them
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