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.
One branch of a big Rowan tree here in the garden seems to be very attractive to small birds.
A Robin and a Blackcap perched on the same spot of the branch in the lovely weather we had yesterday. The Robin sang his heart out although it is almost December.
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.