European Robin

 

 

European Robin

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae

Genus:               Erithacus

The robin is considered to be a gardener’s friend and is never to be harmed.  Its nest can be found in the usual, naturally occurring crevices of the world including sheltered banks but, occasionally, they appear in discarded pieces of machinery, barbecues abandoned over the winter months, bristles on upturned brooms, unwanted kettles, redundant watering-cans, flower pots and even upturned hats.  The nest is soft, inlaid with moss, leaves and grass, lined further with hair and feathers for warmth in March.  A gardener lucky enough to find a clutch of eggs, may find six, no more than two centimetres each, cream coloured blotched with speckled reddish-brown.  Find such a nest, treasure it for it is believed the robin will sing for you in your hour of need and fetch water for you as you await entrance to the hereafter. 
   

 

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