Sunday, 4 January 2009

Robin

Can there be any symbol more closely linked to the British winter than the Robin (Erithacus rubecula -subspecies melophilus)? You may have noticed that our British Robin is in fact a subspecies of the European Robin although the differences are so small, you wouldn't notice!Famous for being very aggressive, especially toward other Robins, I have often wondered why they are so often referred to as Robin-Red-Breast when their breasts are so evidently not red but rusty-orange! Still, they are a most welcome visitor to the garden feeders. More here.
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