The robin is one of the most popular birds in the UK, with its natural red breast and melodious song. They are often seen on fence handles or shovels. These birds are anything but shy and regularly visit British gardens.
They are also territorial, protecting their spots all year round and singing loudly to proclaim their territory.
Robins are famous for nesting almost everywhere. It is known that they nest in all sorts of strange and wonderful places, such as In kettles, lanterns, pots, boots, letterboxes, and even cloth pockets.
Robins usually nest on or near the ground, in piles of tree trunks, tree hollows, hedgerows and other narrow spaces they encounter. They prefer quiet areas where they are unlikely to be disturbed. The nests are built by the female Robin with grass, dead leaves, and moss. The nests are usually lined with hair.
What are the signs that a robin is getting ready to nest?
If you notice that a robin is starting to collect materials like leaves and moss, it is likely that they are preparing to nest.
Never go looking for the busy robin’s nest – they will often abandon a nest if they feel it has been discovered.
How to help nesting Robins
There are several ways to help these little fiery birds during the breeding season. Similarly, when it’s time to build a nest, you should:
- Leave natural fibers in an easily accessible area (e.g., shrub or hanging basket) in your garden to help Robins when nesting
- Place a nest box in your yard to encourage Robins to nest. Just make sure it has an open front and is in a discreet location between vegetation such as shrubs and grapevines
- Set up bird feeders in your garden so that Robins have a steady supply of food at a time of year when food is scarce.