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Give your robin a helping hand
« on: May 03, 2015, 07:30:55 am »
Our robin has been working flat out over the last few days. I guess it's feeding dependents. The trouble is that some bigger birds can scare it away from the feeding area at the bottom of the garden. So I have decided to give the robin a helping hand. I have made a feeding platform out of a piece of packing and attached it to a branch deep in a bush. The bush is getting leafier and thicker by the day. It's sheltered and safe. There I put a few bits and pieces for the robin - small sizes just in case it's feeding chicks. It seems to be a robin-exclusive area; other birds don't seem to use it. And the robin and I have got quite a production line going. When I refill the container the robin sits on the next branch close to my hand singing. It's a really nice collection of songs, too. Different every time. And it doesn't make that alarm noise it sometimes makes; the robin seems to approve of the new development. As soon as I move away it jumps on the makeshift feeding tray, eats something itself (which is good because it was beginning to look dishevelled and thin), and then it takes a beak load down the garden. The round trip takes a couple of minutes. Picture of robin feeding tray in bush below. I will merge this thread with the general thread on garden birds later.
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Re: Give your robin a helping hand
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2015, 08:22:08 am »
How lovely, lucky little robin   :) . Do you think it's one of Scruffy's descendants?
 

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Re: Give your robin a helping hand
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2015, 08:28:59 am »
How lovely, lucky little robin   :) . Do you think it's one of Scruffy's descendants?

That would be nice. Since posting I went back to the feeding tray and saw that the robin had brought one of its chicks along. It looks bigger than the robin, is a bit unsteady on the branches, and still expects to be fed by the parent. The chick is perched on a branch and the adult robin is feeding it. At least that will save the journey.

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Re: Give your robin a helping hand
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2015, 10:06:51 am »
Since posting I went back to the feeding tray and saw that the robin had brought one of its chicks along. It looks bigger than the robin, is a bit unsteady on the branches, and still expects to be fed by the parent.

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Re: Give your robin a helping hand
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2015, 10:39:39 am »
A second chick has just turned up. I think the average clutch size for a robin is 5-6.
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