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Quietly sneaking about

Glóbrystingur – European Robin – Erithacus rubecula

The European Robin has been an annual autumn guest in our garden for the last four years but before that we did not see one here for more than 15 years. From the beginning of November a Robin has visited us. It usually appears when there are few other birds around, quietly sneaking about in the undergrowth and visiting the feeders.

Usually one Robin claims  the garden as its territory and drives other Robins away.

A number of European Robins were spotted around the country after a Southeast storm in October. They are annual vagrants in Iceland and are known to have bred here.

This is my territory

Glóbrystingur – European Robin – Erithacus rubecula

Two European Robins where in the garden yesterday. The one who was here first drove the new one away, again and again, – not willing to share the food with another of its kind. Like some other birds, the Robin claims territory over the winter time.  The presence of other Robins is not tolerated within  the territory.

Lord of the garden
Lord of the garden

10 days to Christmas

The European Robin is a vagrant in Iceland. It’s a long time since we had them in our garden, 20 years actually. This winter we have had two and one is still in the garden. We really like having the Robin and take care to leave food in its favourite place. Hopefully it will manage to survive the winter <3

Glóbrystingur – European Robin – Erithacus rubecula

European Robin

In the last few days we have seen one or two Robins (Erithacus rubecula) in the garden. In the “spring” weather today one was singing  by our front door. I say spring weather because the temperature has been around 10° C which is most uncommon for this part of the year.


There are a lot of Robins in Iceland now, mainly in the East and Southeast. They are vagrants and probably annual visitors but it is a long time since so many have been seen.  Long time no see – it has been 20 years since we last saw one in our garden so we are very excited.

The Robin is a common garden bird in Britian but in Scandinavia they are shy woodland birds. The Robins that are visiting Iceland now are probably originated from Scandinavia.