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Christmas robins in winter gardens: in pics

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 02:14 PM

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Lovely! :wub:

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 06:35 PM

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When early Christmas cards were produced in the mid-18th Century, they were delivered by postmen wearing bright red coats. These postmen became known as 'robins' or 'redbreasts', and so the bird on the Christmas card was representing the postman who delivered it. Another explanation is the legend that the robin got its redbreast when it was pierced by a thorn from Jesus' crown as He hung on the cross. Sometimes, the robin's association with Christmas became positively dangerous. As Victorian tastes grew more extravagant, robins were even killed to provide real feathers for decorating cards.

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 04:38 AM

Beautiful pics Still Waters. It's different to see robins in the snow. We usually see them as the birds who announce the coming of Spring. See a lot of cardinals here.

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 02:41 PM

It's strange to think these pretty little birds, with their cheerful song are amongst the most aggressive of all birds who will viciously defend their territories to the death.

Males and females are so alike even the birds themselves find it difficult to tell the difference. From what I've seen, the rule of thumb (wing?) during mating season is.....If the object of your desire doesn't try to rip you to shreds, then it's probably ok to go ahead and mate!


Who killed c*** Robin?
I said the Sparrow,
With my bow and arrow,
And I killed c*** Robin.




C0ck Robin not allowed?

Edited by ealdwita, 25 December 2013 - 02:42 PM.

"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
I can teach you with a quip, if I've a mind; I can trick you into learning with a laugh; Oh, winnow all my folly and you'll find, A grain or two of truth among the chaff!
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Posted 25 December 2013 - 09:54 PM

Wow ! Your robins sure are small. Our robins in the US are much larger, it seems.


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:20 AM

View PostAstral Hillbilly, on 25 December 2013 - 09:54 PM, said:

Wow ! Your robins sure are small. Our robins in the US are much larger, it seems.

The American 'robin' although bearing the same name, is a member of the thrush family and isn't even remotely related to the European robin. The only similarity is the orange breast patch.

"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
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Posted 27 December 2013 - 01:38 PM

American robins eat garden worms.  Poor things.


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 05:46 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 27 December 2013 - 01:38 PM, said:

American robins eat garden worms.  Poor things.

European robins eat mealworms...(Sometimes straight from your hand)

"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
I can teach you with a quip, if I've a mind; I can trick you into learning with a laugh; Oh, winnow all my folly and you'll find, A grain or two of truth among the chaff!
(The Yeoman of the Guard ~ Gilbert and Sullivan)




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