The robin is undoubtedly one of Britain's most dearly loved birds. It is instantly recognisable due to the rusty-red breast; indeed, 'Robin redbreast' and simply 'redbreast' are well-known alternative names. Although the robin has been recorded feeding on a very wide range of food, the majority of the diet consists of invertebrates, soft fruit and seeds. Robins sing nearly all year round and despite their cute appearance, they are aggressively territorial and are quick to drive away intruders. They will sing at night next to street lights.
In Britain the robin is closely associated with Christmas. The first postmen wore bright red waistcoats, and were popularly known as 'Robins'; this may explain not only why robins are often featured on Christmas cards, but also why they are frequently depicted holding a letter in the beak, delivering the mail.
3.5cm x 6.5cm
The wren is a tiny rounded bird with a vertically cocked tail and reddish-brown plumage. Although busy and energetic, the wren is elusive outside the breading season; usually it shows itself only for a moment while flitting from one thicket to another in search of food. The male builds a number of ball-shaped nests, for the female to choose from, sited in hedges, walls, tree-trunks and even old bird nests. it is a widespread common resident.
3.5cm x 8cm