Robin gets its red breast.

Last summer we had fledgling robins that became quite bold one eventually flew to hand for mealworms and I began wondering how long they took to develop their red breasts.

Below is a selection of photos showing stages of development.

Having fledged in early July they were quick to find their way about independently.This is how they looked then.

By mid July the first signs of changing chest colour began appearing.

By end of the month noticeably different..

.. and getting increasingly bolder and more inquisitive.

By early August one in particular approached closer until ..

During August chest colouring appeared to develop rapidly .This appears to coincide with parent birds moulting .. this makes them very vunerable as they lose flight feathers and often accounts for robins disappearing from gardens during late summer.

By September red breast was well advanced and adult birds felt it was time for youngsters to move on and find their own territory , could almost see the look of surprise and confusion on youngsters faces as parents that had raised them .. suddenly began chasing them away.

Mid September and this was our last image before setting off to find its own space – good luck might see you in the winter.


30 Jul, 2011
aster said:

A wonderful blog BB thankyou for putting this together. The colour seems to come fairly quickly but I suppose they have to be ready for their first winter. I wouldn't be surprized if they are all back squabling for your garden as their territory :))

30 Jul, 2011
david said:

Very informative blog, Bb, with beautiful illustrations of the development stages. I shall be looking out for similar signs. Many Thanks for posting. :-))

30 Jul, 2011
eje said:

Thank you so much Ray for this wonderful blog.

30 Jul, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Many thanks for your lovely comments.
Aster... that would be no surprise...the duck family are still in residence and are showing no signs of moving to the river yet !

31 Jul, 2011
phili said:

Nice blog Ray,by the way'the famous tyre' is copyright!:))

31 Jul, 2011
muddywalters said:

Great blog and photos BB, especially the hand fed one.
I must warn you though (Jenson), with all that c**p on the tyre, you're liable to lose control of that wheelbarrow when overtaking on high speed bends in the wet!!! ;-))

31 Jul, 2011
donna said:

What a lovely blog BB Love the one on the hand

3 Aug, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thanks Phil .. copyright ? well its not a Black headed gull and tyre is clearly out of water before you sue me lol

Quite safe with this one Muddy .. my 'works' wheelbarrow is the souped up version , as get older must admit the pit stops are getting longer and more frequent ..

Thank you Donna soon chased off by adults but great whilst it lasted.

6 Aug, 2011
saucy said:

What a super blog. It`s so nice to watch them grow up before your very eyes. How trusting is your little friend to feed from your hand?


7 Aug, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thank you Saucy for the kind comments.Much of the wildlife here seems to tolerate us as we share their garden .. we have a pair of hedgehogs too and hope they choose to have a family here as well.

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