Juvenile Robin With 12 Missing Feathers Update 15th August

  • Well caught Paul, being tailless hasn't knocked his confidence LOL

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  • It would appear that my little Robin friend has finally started to get his tail feathers. I took some photos of him today and it looks promising. The siblings have been engaged in territorial disputes over the past week. It's not clear who has the upper hand (or claw) at the moment. The sibling has burst into song as part of these exchanges. I thought that was interesting given the young age. They also teamed up briefly when a rat appeared on the ground below them. They both followed it from the branches above and most interestingly of all (to me at least), they both made the 'ground predator' warning call. Once the rat had departed they resumed hostilities and started chasing one another again. It's a pity the students will be returning soon. I should have liked to monitor the behaviour of these two as they grow older. They have yet to get their adult plumage and yet their behaviour is that of adults. Fascinating.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)


  • Great news update thanks MC!


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  • So, that opens the question of why it didn't have any, again, as the deformity theory seems to be out. Still, nice to see him coming back to normal.


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  • Had Spadger with no tail in garden this morning .... actually can see just a tiny feather in this vid (best viewed full)