Last winter, I happened upon a small local murmuration of starlings. This year, by all accounts, there are far fewer starlings, only a fraction of the host shown here. This ‘inverted’ triptych is from images made on both 6th and 7th January 2014. Yes, I went two days in a row. Small though it was by national standards, this murmuration was still a breathtaking and very exciting show.
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
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.