Birds that visit our gardens and school grounds
Each week we will be featuring a bird that frequently visits our school grounds and gardens. This week our chosen bird is The Robin.
The male Robin sings loudly in the early spring in an attempt to find a female partner. When a partner has been found, the female Robin will start to build a nest in a bush or the ivy on a tree that she will line with feathers and hair.
Mating occurs from late March to June. The female lays 5 - 7 eggs which are white with red-brown patches and spots. The female incubates (sits on the eggs) for 12 - 15 days while the male brings her food.
When the eggs hatch both the male and female take turns finding food and feeding the young chicks. After 3 weeks growing the chicks now brown in colour with spotted chests are ready to fly and leave the nest.
Distribution: Located all over Europe, except for parts of the Mediterranean coast and northern Scandinavia.
Habitat: natural woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens.
Description: orange-red face and breast with pale grey border. Upper parts and tail brown; white underparts.
Size: Length: 14cm. Wingspan: 26cm. Weight: 19.5g
Life-span: oldest known bird 13 years. Usually live for a few years only.
Food: insects, worms, seeds and berries
Photographs: Adult Robin (Top Left) Juvenile Robin (Top Right)