Birds to look for in December — Robin


Where to look

They can be seen virtually everywhere all year round.


Robins (Erithacus rubecula) are probably the most recognisable British garden bird and in several polls has been voted the national bird of the UK. Their name was originally ‘redbreast’ because orange as the name of a colour was unknown in English until the sixteenth century (it only became used once the fruit had been introduced!) In the fifteenth century, it became popular to give human names to familiar animal species, for example, Jenny Wren, so the redbreast became known as ‘Robin Redbreast’ and was eventually shortened to ‘robin’. Males and females are identical. However, it is easier to spot the young ones as they are speckled and don’t have a red breast! Robins are mainly insectivorous, eating worms, insects and other invertebrates although they will also eat seeds and fruit.  Robins are the earliest birds to start singing in the year, normally in early January but if you’re lucky you might be able to hear one singing on a mild December day. Both male and female robins sing. In fact, most female birds do, but they produce a quieter, softer song which is often called 'subsong'!   

Tweet of the Day
To hear the robin’s song follow the link below to the BBC’s Tweet of the Day

For more info see

Where we've found Robins

Robin spottings journal (8 seen)

Last seen Location Spotted by Group Notes
2 Dec 2020 Ebley Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project
8 Jun 2020 Finley Ireland Class
7 Jun 2020 Cirencester Oakley Wales Class We have 2 that visit our garden almost every day
15 May 2020 Stratford Park Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project
11 May 2020 Woodland Amélie Cooks&Co
15 Apr 2020 garden Phil The Weaver's
15 Apr 2020 garden Ella The Weaver's
2 Apr 2020 Sturminster Newton Darren The Smiths Robin landed on my fishing rod.


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