Photos of Wigan
Photos of Wigan



Photo-a-Day Archive
Photo-a-Day Archive

Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 7th January, 2021)

Little Billy Bobbin


Little Billy Bobbin
Near Moss Bridge on the canal near Scotman's Flash. A cold misty afternoon on 30th December 2020.

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Fuji X-T4 : 50-140mm)
Views: 1,917

Comment by: Garry on 7th January 2021 at 00:16

That's a real great shot Dave and not easy, Robins are never still.
Robins always reminds me of cold Winter months.
I'll drink to that, cheers.

Comment by: Mick on 7th January 2021 at 06:21

Its wearing a ring.

Comment by: Maureen on 7th January 2021 at 08:02

That is absolutely beautiful,it does your heart good just to look at it...thank you so much Dave.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th January 2021 at 08:45

Isn't he gorgeous? He seems to have a tag on his leg. Robins are such beautiful little birds.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th January 2021 at 08:53

My favourite jolly robin, never fails to cheer me up. He always keeps his pecker up!

Comment by: Anne on 7th January 2021 at 09:10

He's not quite the sweet natured friendly creature of lore. He is highly territorial and viciously defends what is his.
Having said that I would still help him if he needed it.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 7th January 2021 at 09:55

There was one last year at Worthington Lakes that would take seed from your hand, very tame. Probably hand reared

Comment by: Arthur on 7th January 2021 at 10:16

Mick its married.
Beautiful and will start pairings up now for Spring, very territorial birds. Your a star Dave.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 7th January 2021 at 10:30

Thanks folks. Lots of wild birds are ringed. Some info here...

https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/ringing/about

Comment by: Tommy T on 7th January 2021 at 11:02

Gorgeous little bird, good picture, oy

Comment by: Cyril on 7th January 2021 at 11:02

How cute is he, hope he got paid in mealworms for posing.

Over on Communicate - Places, Barley has questioned about Strangeways Hall Farm, there is a photo on the Album showing the farm buildings along with discussion about the farm which could be of interest to Barley. Could some one post the link below onto Barley's thread, thanks. https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=5&id=14447&gallery=Hindley&offset=140

Comment by: David Barker on 7th January 2021 at 12:38

Spot on, Dave would ,make a perfect calendar photo, well done.

Comment by: Mick on 7th January 2021 at 13:35

This video shows a Robin eating a live worm that I dug up from our garden

https://youtu.be/qY8P6CBnJeM

Comment by: Edna on 7th January 2021 at 13:50

Excellent photo Dave, I love Robbins in my garden..There is a naughty blackbird in at the moment, chasing everyone away.. Hope you're ok Maureen, thinking about you.x

Comment by: PeterP on 7th January 2021 at 13:56

Over the last few days we have had a robin feeding in our side garden. 1st one since we moved here 6 years ago.Always on the go never stops still for more than a few seconds.

Comment by: DTease on 7th January 2021 at 15:13

Superb Dave, looks like it could jump out of the picture and fly away. Brilliant.

Comment by: Jean on 7th January 2021 at 15:20

Lovely photo of the robin one of my favourite birds.It has really cheered me up because I am sick of this awful weather.

Comment by: Maureen on 7th January 2021 at 16:16

Aww Edna,how very kind of you,I'm not too bad thank you,there's good and bad days.

Comment by: Cyril on 7th January 2021 at 16:32

If you ever come across a dead wild bird that is ringed here is information from the BTO. "You could remove the ring from the foot of a dead, ringed bird and send it to the British Trust for Ornithology (at: BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU) with the location from where the bird was found. Or alternatively, give the BTO a call on 01842 750050."

I sent in a ring from a House Martin and they sent me a record of its history, quite interesting to see when and where it was ringed and where it had been sighted, both here and abroad.

(Retep 1949 has put the info of the photo on Badgers thread about Strangeways Hall Farm on Places.)

Comment by: Pat McC on 7th January 2021 at 20:01

A beautiful and uplifting photo Dave - and don't we need it at this time.
I agree Arthur - they're very territorial. We have two robbins who like to eat the 'dust' from the sheep's flockmaster feed. They spend more time chasing each other away than they do feeding.

Comment by: Medical Maverick on 7th January 2021 at 22:58

That's a stunning shot Dave. I love all birds, but there's something special about this particular little beauty and they always make me smile when they're either visiting my back garden, or following us along the canal when we're out with the dogs, as (surprisingly) happened just before Christmas. I've put the pic on my desktop for a few days, so thank you x

Comment by: Medical Maverick on 7th January 2021 at 23:01

And Cyril, thank you for the information about the BTO. I never knew about the rings on dead birds, so have made a note of the details x

Leave a comment?

* Enter the 5 digit code to the right of the input box. Don't worry if you make a mistake, you will get another chance. Your comments won't be lost.