Which gardener, whilst toiling the soil with their fork can fail to be charmed by the Robin Redbreast? That familiar feeling of being watched and observed is a common feeling whilst out in the garden or allotment. Likely you will easily spot the culprit, watching you from a nearby post or clump of earth. His beady eyes and bobbing action make him a distinctive bird to spot, of course apart from the most obvious redbreast that will likely be puffed up if you are lucky enough to hear him singing his melancholic song.
The friendliness of these little creatures, some might say cockiness is a joy to behold, quite surprising considering how our other little birds generally tend to be very cautious of us humans. No one knows why this is really, some think it is to do with wild boar once running wild in the British forests and the Robin would follow them around readily picking tasty worms up from the freshly turned soil. Apparently we are just large Boars on two legs to them, mmm an interesting theory.
Whatever the reason our friend the Robin is so confident, he helps make our countryside a more enjoyable and interesting place to be. It is possible to actually train him to comfortably feed from out of your hand with a little patience. First of all you need to find a regular haunt of his, on your local walk or in your garden. Then you need to have some tasty treats for him, seeds or meal worms yummy. The treats need to be placed near to him and you, and wait patiently to see if he comes to get them. When he takes the bait then you need to get closer and try again, this may need to be slowly introduced over a few days for the Robin to build confidence. Eventually you put the treats in your hand and hopefully he will hop on and show you just how friendly he can be.
Some folk are just comfortable to have him close by and happily chat to him like he is an old friend. Certainly whilst having a break from the digging he is a bit of company to tell your closest secrets and worries to, knowing your confides will be safe with him. The way he stares intently with his beady eyes and cocks his head and bobs up and down, seems to imply he knows exactly what you are going through. Then he is off as swiftly as he arrived and no doubt listen to another weary gardener in return for a tasty worm or two.
‘Art though the bird who man loves best. The pious bird with the scarlet breast, our little English Robin.
The bird that comes about our doors when Autumn winds are sobbing.’
Of course as an Artist my collection would not be complete without a model of a Robin on one of my pictures.
Here is my box frame with one of our Redbreast’s as they used to be known. Alongside it one of it’s little brown hand painted speckled eggs.
We now have a few more items for sale on our Etsy shop, click on the link in the top corner if you are interested in taking a peek.
Bye for now thanks for reading my post.