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I thought robins were territorial outside the mating season and preferred their own company - but I have seen two beautiful adults popping in and out of my Laurel in the centre of the lawn on which I hang suet balls and fruit & insect blocks in the branches. They seem really close - Could they be breeding already or just 'good friends'?



  • They are probably a pair, males and females look alike.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    2 males would be arguing by now

    I've just been to the GC, there was an indoor robin singing beautifully by book section

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,951

    Maybe he was looking for  a new book nut image

    Wonder what it would be?image

    I have a pair which have been visiting together regularly for several weeks. Lovely to see them both at the food.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Same here,  Think they must be breeding pair as they are not fighting for territory.  Used to have  'front garden' and a 'back garden robins', and if either strayed into the others area feathers would fly.  Had one nest in the garden shed one year they didn't seem to mind us popping in and out for tools etc.

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

     Yeah, I've put a nest box in my old bomb shelter, should be secure enough for them. There’s a little bob hole in the home-made door and a home-made window for a bit of light, they tried to nest last year on top of some old bits of wood in there but they gave up, I think most of it was falling on the floor so they've got a nice new RSPB specs Robin box. Fingers crossed. One of them has already been in there but that was November so probably just looking for hibernating insects.

    We had them and wrens and blackbirds in our shed when I was a kid and, as you say, they really don't mind a bit of disturbance. Mind you the female was hand reared, but that's a storey for another day. image

  • floraliesfloralies Haute-Garonne SW FrancePosts: 2,162

    Apparently robins are more tolerant of each other around bird tables etc in the winter when natural food is scarce, but this seems to be the only time.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,125

    A friend who lived on the slopes of Mt Snowdon had two pairs of robins nesting in the same garden shed two years ago - she said that they tolerated each other in the shed,  but fought like mad at the bird table - very unusual to have two pairs of robins nesting in proximity to each other - it was attributed to a lack of suitable nest sites in the area. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • biofreakbiofreak Posts: 1,009

    I'm waiting for feathers to fly - a third one turned up this morning! Maybe last year's baby??

    Talking of babies, 4 and a ' half pint' (a yearling) deer in the meadow yesterday. Had wandered down off the moor, stunning Roe Deer, Sprung up from the shelter of the blackberry hedge right in front of me. Wonderful sight.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,125

    Very likely to be last year's baby - let us know what happens image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    Wow, two pairs of Robins nesting in the same shed. That is strange. Maybe their territory border ran down the middle. image


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