I VOTED (Little “thumbs up” icon)

Well this time I had something important to vote for and I did know that my vote would be counted.

Fifty five years ago in Nineteen Hundred and Sixty we had a vote to determine Britain’s national bird. Some people are trying to pretend that didn’t count but it did.

This year we had a new vote to elect our “first ever” National Bird. I voted back in March, the polls closed on May Β 7th and today they announced the winner.

I won.

That is not really what this post is about.

There is a hole where my Robin used to be.

RobinI am surrounded by beautiful birds, I am like the Hugh Hefner of Gloucestershire in an ornithological kind of way. (They don’t have to wear bunny suits) but it is not enough. I miss him.

Now I don’t think that I have picked up many new readers since starting this blog and so you will already know what I am talking about but just in case…

Last December I noticed that every time I opened my door there was a Robin outside, singing his little heart out.

I thought to myself, “I could tame this bird.” and I did, it took me three months.

Robin By March it was eating out of my hand.RobinBut it wasn’t just that. The bird knew me, it would wait outside of my door for me to get up in the morning and as soon as I opened my door it would bounce onto that green hand rail. It sang to me all of the time. It was my friend, like Fizz is my friend and not like any other bird that I had ever met.

Around about now Fizz was starting to get a bit funny. She was keen to point out that eating out of my hand wasn’t a proper trick.

EatingAnyone can do eating.

Just when everything was going perfectly the bird disappeared. I don’t know why but it was probably related to the season.

There is a hole where my bird used to be and the Swallows and Martins can’t fill it.

This post is marking the day that I started again.

There is no Robin outside of my door this time and so it might take a little longer. I have bought a little feeder and hung it just outside of my door.


Behind the feeder, that green mess is a grape vine, I see Wrens, Dunnocks, Mice and sometimes Goldcrests there. I want Robins. I have to bring them back into this area, there are plenty in the back garden.

I don’t always get what I want but I try. I have the patience of the hunter.

Watch this space.

RobinAlso I am absolutely with the little children on this one, if you cannot have what you want at first then you should kick and scream and hold your breath until your face turns blue. We only live once and second best isn’t good enough πŸ™‚

If you are determined and focused then you will achieve your goals.. I think. These days I have quite little goals, I already did the bigger ones πŸ˜‰


34 thoughts on “I VOTED (Little “thumbs up” icon)”

  1. That’s a nifty little feeder, Colin (our bluebirds would love one like that). I hope it brings in a nice family of robins for you. It would be wonderful if your special friend came back! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Eliza πŸ™‚ I have pretty well given up on seeing Christopher again. There is a chance that he will reappear in the winter. Most of our Robins are sedentary but a few fly in from the north each winter and go back north in the spring. He could have been a migrant bird and so he might return next winter. That would be an incredible story but I think it’s a long shot.


  2. I hope too that your special bird remembers you and your relationship and comes back after the mating/brooding season is over. That was so nice for us readers to see your perseverance and how well it paid off for you with the robin. Maybe the robin will come back and bring some family members too. I’m sure you’ll keep us posted.

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    1. Thank you Nancy πŸ™‚ I think that it is going to be “perseverance.” The real reason that I posted this now was so that when I do tame a new Robin I can look back and laugh about how long it took πŸ™‚

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  3. Great little bird feed. Except for the food choice, it looks like a mini food bar with sneeze protector. Nice story too. I’d forgotten about your friend but hope he does come back.

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    1. Thank you David πŸ™‚ Robins are not fussy eaters they come to the feeders for sunflower hearts but they have a fondness for insect food, especially meal worms. For now I am just trying to draw them into this area, when it comes to getting one on my hand I will switch to offering live food. Fat, wriggly, little worms πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you Emily πŸ™‚ The Robin of course. There was a list of only about a dozen birds that we could vote for, a lot of them were birds that most Briton’s will never see. The Hen Harrier was one option and there were just three breeding pairs recorded in the UK last year. Puffin was another, an absolutely lovely bird but a strange choice to be our National Bird. I think that the election was rigged to favour the Robin but I don’t care because it favoured me too and I got a brief glimpse into why some people align themselves to political parties, it is a nice feeling to win πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you Maureen πŸ™‚ My ex-wife would have called me obsessive, my employers were more grateful and called me focussed whatever… I want to be able to open my door and call wild birds to me. I have experienced that and it feels great. I wants it! I wants it! I wants it! πŸ™‚ and I shall have it.

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    1. Thank you Virginia πŸ™‚ Well our Robin is a different kind of bird, A chat rather than a thrush so it is not a like for like comparison. You have some awfully cute little birds out there too πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you Clare πŸ™‚ Really it would be nice to get any of the little birds that inhabit that grape vine out in the open. The wrens are lovely and the Goldcrest is double lovely but they are very shy.

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      1. I love Goldcrests. I have seen them here but not recently. We had a house a few years ago a couple of miles from here with a silver birch fairly close to the house. I used to sit in one of the bedrooms and watch Goldcrests in the upper branches where they thought they couldn’t be seen.

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  4. What a thrill to have a wild bird eating out of your hand, Colin. I am totally envious, although I have vague recollections that a duck in the Botanic Gardens came pretty close to my outstretched hand full of seed.

    I don’t know whether it’s an ‘age’ thing, but the older I get, the more excited I get, at the memorable encounters with birds and wee critters in nature.

    Hope your little Robin comes back one day. I think I would just as excited as you.

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  5. I voted Robin too! I think your tame friend may well return in the winter. Our Robin made a brief appearance recently with his three children, showing them where food is always available. Then he too disappeared, but they’ll be back when it starts to get cold!

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    1. Thanks John πŸ™‚ There seem to be plenty of Robins around our gardens, they are just in the wrong place. The woodpeckers are stealing the show at the moment. The juveniles are about and they are visiting the feeder in twos and threes. Sadly it wasn’t long after the appearance of the juveniles last year that they all disappeared. We might have a post about woodpeckers soon πŸ™‚


  6. I missed that Robin too, and had been wondering why there were no more posts about him. I’ll cast my lot with you and the children: have a fit until you get what you want. Persistence frequently pays off, as you already know.

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    1. Thank you Lauren πŸ™‚ It was a thrill, not just to have him eating out of my hand but to be recognised by a wild bird and to have that sort of relationship where I could call him and he would come to me. It was ever so special πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Diana πŸ™‚ I am so pleased that you both enjoyed this post. Our Robin is a very cheeky bird and less afraid of people than most. If I am slow in filling up the feeders they come round to my door and complain and if I am very slow they let themselves into my flat and go through my drawers πŸ™‚


      Juvenile Robin


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