Robin our National Bird
For nearly fifty years the
European Robin (Erithacus Rubecula), otherwise known as Robin Redbreast , has been our National bird in
Great Britain. In 1961 the British section for the International council of birds was tasked to select a title bearer and
after a long correspondence in the Times newspaper they chose the Robin.
I think it was a good choice, great territory defenders that are in Britain brave window sill feeders and followers of the garden digger, in stark contrast they are very shy in Europe, not without good reason….they are often appreciated most with Orange sauce,
that would be unthinkable to a native of the UK! Once considered to be
a small Thrush, it is actually an old world flycatcher. It lays reddish brown
eggs, not blue ones as said in the Joan Baez song, that's the larger, different
American Robin .
A previous painting I did of the Robin in abstract sold very quickly and gets good remarks still, so a second smaller painting has been done.
12 x 12 x1.5 inch Acrylic on canvas
Pride of place at home, the Robin hangs with the Red Ensign.,
and below, posing in a friend's back garden, as before, much more
friendly in Britain than elsewhere.
Photo courtesy Hibla.com