How often have you sat at the dining table and, lost in thought, watched the little birds in your garden. These small, colorful feathered guys, cheerfully chirping, looking for one or another treat and enjoying their freedom. Among the most popular guests are the robins. But while your friends regularly rave about their beautiful sight, they seem to avoid your garden of all places? We want to change that! We explain what it takes to establish robins in your garden.
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The peculiarities of this bird species
This species of bird is quite calm and friendly, quite capable of becoming tame. Robins live four to five years, so you have plenty of time to tame your robin in the garden and, with luck, even his offspring. But for this purpose, of course, you first need to gain his trust, and you can only do this by creating a small paradise for him. What do you need if you want to attract these friendly little guys? With our tips, you will soon be able to tell your friends that tame little birds are visiting you and maybe even that they are calmly eating from your hand!
Provide a nesting place for the robins in your garden
Most likely, your garden already has an area or two that is just perfect for nesting. Robins especially prefer hedges and shrubs and naturally formed holes in the ground or tree roots. They also find the piles of your firewood attractive, and since you don’t need the wood during the breeding season anyway, the birds can nest there in peace.
So, if you want to tame robins, you should first of all guarantee them a useful environment so that they can get used to your presence and at the same time follow your reproduction. When do robins actually breed? The nesting season begins as early as February, so you can already provide a suitable nesting site then. If your garden does not have a suitable natural shelter, you can also hang a nesting box for robins in the garden (preferably inaccessible to cats and other predators).
When is the best time to establish robins in the garden?
The beginning of the nesting and breeding season mentioned above is optimal. From then on you will also spend more time in the garden, so you can combine this project with your other garden work and the birds will already get used to the fact that there is always movement. Spring is proven to be the best time to tame.
But if you don’t want to wait that long, you can also start in winter. Especially when there is a lot of snow, our native birds that do not migrate south have difficulty finding enough food. So if you feed the robins, they will have a reason to come to your garden every now and then even before the breeding season. What do robins eat in winter?
Insects are among the bird’s favorite foods, however, as you know, they are hard to find in the winter. To put together a feeding station for the robin, you can provide seeds, raisins, peanuts, sunflower seeds and fruit. Insects, in turn, you can offer them in the form of nourishing mealworms. Also, keep in mind that this is a bird species that prefers to feed on the ground. Accordingly, it is advisable to provide winter food for robins in a feeding bowl, a shallow dish or on a tray near or directly on the ground.
Attract the birds and accustom them to your presence
So, after you have prepared a few things for the robins, all that remains is for them to really get used to you and, in the best case, even accept food from your hand. In doing so, proceed patiently. Wait until the birds first get used to your presence from a distance. Then you can begin to linger near the feeder for a while at a time so they learn who is actually feeding them.
Eventually, you can take it a step further: Notice the presence of robins in the garden after you’ve put out new food, take a little of it in the palm of your hand and stretch it out – again, near the ground. Don’t expect it to work right away. But if you’re patient, it should work out soon enough – and probably not just with that one bird, but all the others that live in your garden as well. And their offspring will certainly be tamed from the beginning, because they have not learned otherwise from their parents.