One of the HTR's has been tucked away in the bushes for some weeks now. He or she appears every now and then, but skulks around in the shrubs for most of the time while undergoing the annual moult. I finally managed to lure it out today and got a couple of pics of the emerging feathers.
I initially believed this to be HTR, but now I am not so sure. Mrs HTR still had tan spots on the coverts but HTR (being an older bird) did not. This bird still has them, so it might be Mrs HTR, who, if young enough, would still have them. The bird in question does follow me around, albeit from the safety of cover, so that suggests her rather than him. If it is Mrs HTR, then it will be interesting to see if she tries to retain the territory or maybe she will migrate. There is a second Robin in the area and I have heard whining and ditting from the pair of them. Watch this space...
Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos
(One bush does not shelter two Robins)
Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)
Will be extra beautiful again when new feathers are completely through but still lovely as is!
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In reply to WendyBartter:
That strange looking in-between time of moult when new feathers aren't quite complete and tail somewhat short at the moment lol but good to see one of the HTRs back; nice photos Paul.
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In reply to HAZY:
Good to see the little guy getting some of his new plumage. Still a little way to go before he's completely bushy tailed but he's bright-eyed.
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In reply to TeeJay:
You're going to have to give them their own name tags so you can tell them apart more easily!
In reply to Nigel O:
Once the moult is complete I should know the identity of this Robin. In addition, Mrs HTR doesn't sing, so that would be a good indicator. I don't expect any singing until the moult is done, but there has been a lot of ditting with a neighbouring Robin.
In reply to monkeycheese:
Nice photo MC and yes, a lot of the birds are in full moult at the moment. It seems to be a good year for Robins - in my garden anyway. I have at least six different Robins hopping around mostly juveniles in various plumages! Some with completely juvenile plumage and some with the red breast now coming through. I suppose in time some of them at least will be forced elsewhere.
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In reply to ChristineB:
A beautiful Robin visited my garden yesterday. It has been back again this morning :)
In reply to Sandra :
Lucky you Sandra having a smart looking Robin, mine has gone awol again!
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