In the UK we will soon be besieged with Christmas cards. THE bird species which will be more in evidence than any other will be the European Robin. Not the Robin of North America (Turdus migratorius), but a much smaller cuter -looking, super aggressive chat. Often known as the gardeners friend, our resident British birds are often quite tame. However we are invaded each autumn by hundreds or even thousands of immigrant Robins from Scandinavia and probably even parts of Russia. These are wilder Robins and some are super migrants, having reached as far east as Japan. One of the wilder ones from North and East of the UK is in the photo above. Taken on the Shetland Isles in October 2010.
So 2 questions come to mind:
1) When will North America get its first real proper Robin (a European one)! Newfoundland must be a good bet.
2) If ours is the Robin, what is the bird most represented in the Christmas paraphernalia in North America? Hope its not the Turkey!