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My Robin is very tame, he will fly straight to my hand from a distance of 40 feet or so. I have a conservatory which I use as a potting shed (don't ask!) I leave the door ajar & he/she comes in & feeds from my hand. I think it's a he, but I'm not sure, how do you tell the sex of a Robin? This happens many times during the day. I feed him chopped Muesli & he is quite partial to Stilton cheese. I take great pleasure in feeding him Vine Weevil grubs if I find any when gardening. Last summer he was flying off with 5/6 in his beak. If he wants feeding he will fly up to me & hover (yes hover!) about 6" from my face, it certainly grabs your attention. On a couple of occasions he has flown right into my house.
I think it all started about 12-15 months ago, I was working in the garden & he came looking for treats. When this happens I stop work & keep still to allow Robins or Blackbirds to peck over the disturbed ground, I then move slowly & start work again. My memory is not clear, but what probably happened is; I stopped work again, picked up a few small worms & held them in my outstretched hand. Robin was probably a bit hungry & feeling bold, he made a dash & snatched a worm off my hand. The process was repeated many times & gradually he became more confident & relaxed about landing on my hand to the stage where he will now fly in from a considerable distance & he just sits there feeding to his heart's content. I no longer have to hold my hand outstretched & once he's on my hand I can slowly move him quite close to my face to get a close-up view.
There is one aspect of his behaviour which is both quaint & puzzling, when I'm working in the potting shed, he will come in, I'll feed him, he'll hop off & perch on a nearby plant pot & watch me working. He'll sit there & happily chatter away to me, I can only describe it as chattering, he's not singing at the top of his voice. I would love to know what he's saying & of course I talk back to him, but I'm not fluent in Robin......
I see him most days, a few weeks ago I did not see him for 4/5 days & I feared the worst, but lo & behold he turned up again & behaved as though nothing had happened.
As I said in my observation post he has twice had ticks attached just above his LHS eye. This was worrying, because they were quite large compared to his size. I did think about trying to catch him to remove them, but I decided I could do more harm than good & he would never trust me again so I just let nature take its course. A number of times he would try to remove the tick with his foot/claws & fortunately they eventually disappeared. I did not see this happen.
It is difficult to demonstrate his behaviour to others, he is much more wary when other people are around.
I feel very honoured to have gained his trust, I feel like he is a close friend & I'm dreading the time he fails to appear.
That's all I can think of for now; I will amend this post if anything else occurs. Please feel free to ask any questions.