There is no doubt that the robin has always been the the number one bird at Christmas, adorning many cards and trees. A couple of years ago, the robin topped a poll of more than 200,000 people to become the UK’s first national bird. That’s the second time it has been given that accolade, the first being in 1960. But it has never been made the UK’s official national bird.
So now that we have moved into the pre-Christmas period*, a blog post about robins is clearly overdue.
* I think it officially starts as soon as the Halloween stuff is cleared from the supermarket shelves, notwithstanding that many Christmas lights are put up in mid-October.