Our warm and gentle autumn has now been frozen out;
The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will poor robin do then? Poor thing.
He'll sit in a barn, And keep himself warm, And hide his head under his wing, Poor thing.
Robins; cute, fluffy, charming, friendly, tubby little birds they are……. NOT! In fact robins are ferociously independent territorial aggressors, rarely do you see more than one robin in the garden, unless they are a pair.
Some birds are social, like sparrows, starlings and rock doves and are quite happy to share with their pals but robins will chase and fight off any intruders, fiercely guarding their home patch.
They are not the sociable wee birdies we see on our Christmas cards but none the less are wonderful to see and often become very tame, particularly with the onset of winter.
Robins fighting; they will also chase other birds away from bird tables and hanging peanuts. Many of the robins we have around us in Durness are actually from Scandinavia [Norway & Sweden], they have migrated here for the warmer weather and will return north in the Spring.
If you are able to feed the birds now that will be good as it becomes more difficult for them to find all the insects and grubs, worms etc. that they need to give them the energy required to fight off the cold.
Remember to feed them at school too. Mixed bird seed and fatty high energy foods are best but white bread will do to.
If you see any interesting or unusual birds I would be pleased to know.