Give a gift to wildlife for a kinder Christmas
Wednesday, 1st December 2021
A robin is unmistakable, its bright red breast is a familiar sight to all of us throughout the year – but its popularity explodes at Christmas.
Winter is a hard time for all birds including the Robin, puffing up its plumage to try and keep warm and with long cold nights and short days ahead, there isn’t a great deal of time to search for food. Did you know the robin can lose up to 10% of its body weight just trying to keep warm overnight? It has to eat enough food during the day to survive plummeting temperatures at night.
Robins are only seen in pairs when it’s mating season. At other times of the year, they are territorial and may fight another robin to the death defending their area - it's a sobering thought.
They are loyal to their food sources. The Robin that you see in your garden or local park is most likely to be the same one each time, and if you're digging in the garden it won't take long for a robin to show its face as they just happen to know that a garden fork unveils the juiciest of earthworms.
Give a gift to a robin this Christmas:
Help a robin stay fit and strong this winter with our ever-popular Fat Robin Mix – it's a delicious, hand-crafted by our very own bird food champions soft food and it's a super-nutritious blend of high-energy berry flavoured suet pellets, high-calorie sunflower hearts plus vegetable oil and raisins. What more could a robin want for a festive bird diet this Christmas?
Fat Robin Mix is eagerly taken eagerly from a bird table, soft food feeder or when lightly sprinkled or heaped onto the ground. Either way, the robins love it!
Did you know that young robins do not have red breasts? That comes as a shock to many birders. Initially, they're brown and lightly speckled - they grow their dashing red feathers after their first moult.
We probably don’t need to tell you this fact, but both the male and female have that wonderful bright red breast making it nigh on impossible to tell them apart; however, each redbreast pattern is unique. They really are remarkable birds.
Robins are predominantly ground feeding, insectivorous birds - which means they can be found searching for earthworms and insects in overturned soil.
This is how mealworms have become the supplementary bird food offering of choice for robins, and these are available direct from Haith's as either live or dried. Some customers soak Dried Mealworms before feeding them to birds to introduce a little moisture; some customers just take them out of the bag and place them onto a bird table or soft food feeder.
We don't think the robins' mind either way just as long as they're left where they can be found. Dried mealworms are high in protein and can even be added to standard bird seed recipes to offer something a little bit different for birds. If you have a little time on your hands, why not see if you can feed a few mealworms out of your hand to the neighbourhood robin? Send us a photo if you do.
Robins were once classed as members of the Thrush family alongside garden favourites like blackbirds, fieldfares, thrushes, and redwings; however, they were re-classified as being a member of the Old World Flycatcher family.
Robins sing all year round - even in deep winter when the days are short and dark. Male robins love to show off their delightful singing voice and are one of the first birds we hear as winter turns to spring, which is the connection between robins and new beginnings. So, regardless of how bad winter will be this coming year, with help, your local robin will make it through the other side and will soon be enjoying the brighter days of the busy breeding season, which should make you think a little harder about committing to putting up a nest box in 2022.
Try our open-fronted Robin Nest Box, for example, it's constructed from responsibly managed timber and can also be used as a roosting site during the winter months – the perfect home for robins.
Whether or not you choose to believe the superstitions regarding robins, sometimes just seeing this cute little garden bird can often brighten your day by their presence and - let's face it - we'll be seeing a lot more robins in the coming days when Christmas cards start to land on our doormat. The Robin gives us hope and love all the way through the year so between us let’s do all we can to help these beautiful kings and queens of our garden and whilst we're writing our shopping list for the season of goodwill, how about giving a gift to wildlife for a kinder Christmas.
We're sure the robin will approve.
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Written by Angela