I saw a lovely photo of a European robin (Erithacus rubecula) this week, taken by a blogger from India who saw his first robin on a recent trip to the UK. It made me smile to think that a bird so common in my part of the world was special to a visitor from another part of the world. Just to prove that I don’t take the robin for granted, here are three recent images.
Robin number one: Eating an insect at Kiltonga Nature Reserve, Newtownards on 18 April.
Robin number two: showing off an unruly feather in Belmont Park, Belfast on 7 April.
Robin number three: perched in the garden at Mount Stewart near Greyabbey, County Down on 20 April.
I hope the robins know that we locals appreciate them as much as the visitors do. And do you know why? It’s because they stick around. They don’t just show up for the summer; they are here all through the winter.
The robins are more loyal than me. When it snows like that, I’m thinking fondly of Bangalore winters.