I am going out for the day, so today's blog has, of necessity, to be short.
Recently I spoke of the farmer putting up two new nest boxes - one of which was designed for a robin. Your comments made me realise that my British and my American readers would each have a completely different image in their minds when reading about the robin.
The first time I went to the States someone pointed out an American robin to me - it is a lovely bird, quite tame and pretty, but completely different from our robin. So here for today is a picture of a British Robin and a picture of an American robin, so that you can see how different they are. I don't know how widespread the American robin is - I am sure one of my American readers will tell me (I hope so anyway) but our robin is everywhere - very pretty, very tame but with other robins, very aggressive.
Sorry about the difference in image size - but my computer skills are limited and I can't see how to make the American robin any bigger. So apologies Mr Robin - you are a bigger bird than your English counterpart - sorry I couldn't make you so.