Who doesn’t like to see a cheerful robin hopping around the garden in the winter?
In the U.K. they are one of the most popular birds and seem relatively unafraid of humans, often appearing when a gardener is digging in the hope of catching a few worms. Robins feature in lots of folklore and stories, with some people believing that seeing a robin is the spirit of a relative who has passed away coming back to visit. In Norse mythology the robin is sacred to Thor and is called a ‘storm bird’.
The robin is also featured heavily on Christmas cards and there are a number of Christian stories to explain their distinctive red breasts; one saying that the robin sang into Jesus’s ear when he was on the cross and his blood stained their breast, another saying that the robin scorched his breast on the flames of hell when fetching water for souls stuck in Purgatory.
Have you spotted any robins near your house?
They are very territorial and solitary so you won’t see them flocking together!