To help attract this delightful bird to your garden we have the following suggestions for you to try...
Recently voted as the nation’s favourite bird, Robins are a welcome sight in the garden. Traditionally associated with Christmas and the winter months, they can be present in our gardens for around 85% of the year. During the cooler months, they are one of a few garden birds that still sing. Both the female and male both have a bright (almost identical) red breast making them easy to identify as Robins but challenging to identify as male and female.
The way to a Robin red breast's heart is high-quality garden bird food:
Peanuts are high in calories and oils making them irresistible as summer temperatures drop to make way for autumn. We recommend always feeding peanuts from a mesh container during spring and summer. Peanut Granules are the perfect alternative should you not wish to feed the whole nut. Always buy your peanuts from a reputable supplier as they can be high in a natural toxin which is harmful to birds. Haith’s peanuts are always tested for aflatoxin – so you can be sure that you are safe with Haith’s.
Robins are well-known for eating insects and they cherish a nice juicy earthworm; however, they do enjoy suet. Suet’s an excellent source of good, clean energy and our suet for birds contains high-quality fat and nutritious ingredients. Robins love our new High-Energy Suet Cakes and they can be fed from a suet feast holder or simply crumble them up on a bird table or ground feeding tray. The industrious Robin will soon find them.
Mealworms are available either live or dried. Dried mealworms can be soaked before feeding to introduce a little moisture. Mealworms are the larvae of the Tenebrio Molitar Beetle. Their diet is vegetarian which means they are safe to feed to animals and birds without passing on potentially fatal diseases which may be present in offal-fed larvae such as maggots. They are a clean odourless and relatively inexpensive live food, rich in protein and easy to store. Mealworms are popular as live food for many species of aviary and garden birds. Robins have even been known to take mealworms from the hand.
Natural food sources will also attract robins. By planting something like a spindle tree you will be providing berries and tiny insects, which are attracted to spindle. Halved fruit like pears, apples and plums, just left on the bird table, will also be readily consumed.