The Third Day of Christmas; the robin

winter bird

The British or European Robin, erithacus rubecula

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.

– traditional nursery rhyme

Wisley robin 2

The robin is particularly associated with Christmas and is a popular image for Christmas cards.  This is probably because the robin is one of the few British birds to sing all year round.  Its song from mid-December into spring is particularly strong, as males seek to defend territory and attract a mate.

spring bird

12 thoughts on “The Third Day of Christmas; the robin

  1. Beautiful images, Rachael.

    By the way, I wanted to let you know that you’ve inspired me with the image that you posted last week (Winter Walk) that I went ahead and purchased Simplify. Thank you 🙂

  2. Your robins are so much smaller and far more lovely than ours. I don’t see them around so much in the winter either. Your wonderful image makes yours look a bit like our hummingbirds.

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