Birdlore: Robin Redbreast

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Will the Red Red Robin be soon a bobbin along? Depending on where you live the sighting of a Robin is a sign of Spring. I don’t know about you but it seems old man winter doesn’t wish to leave us sometime soon. This makes for a long winter and spring birds excite us when we spot them, then we know for sure that Spring has sprung.

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Robins have been pictured on UK Christmas cards, because in the past the British postmen wore red jackets and were nicknamed ‘Robins’, so they appear in their bird form as a icon of the deliverymen.

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According to folklore the wren stole fire from heaven and returned to earth aflame, so the other birds all gave one feather each to replace the burnt feathers but the Robin was nervous and came too close to the poor wren thus he also caught fire, the remains…

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