Gardener’s friend

Robin, photo Eero Haapanen

The robin (Erithacus rubecula) is Britain’s national bird. In the UK, it is known as a garden species. In Finland, it is primarily a genuine forest bird that favours spruce-dominated forests. Robins are attracted to people digging in gardens and will pick out things to eat from the upturned soil.

The robin is fearless and curious. It builds its nest in a concealed crevice on the riverbank. Sometimes robins also build nests in holes and crevices in trees and buildings. A small proportion of robins winters in Finland, supported by bird feeders. The robin has a melodious jingling and rippling song, increasing and decreasing in volume, and continuing save for a few short pauses as the only sound heard in the evening twilight.