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There are lots of bird couples in my garden but sadly only one pair of the pretty robin. Why aren’t there more robins?

Answer: The robin is a small feisty thrush that fiercely defends its territory. It does so all the year round, which is why you will only find one or two (its mate) robins in your garden. It is the size of a sparrow.
Robins are common in Denmark – both as breeding and migratory birds.
The robin, formerly known as the redbreast, is one of the most regular garden visitors.
It is known to breed in virtually all parts of Denmark.

There are an estimated 285,000 pairs of robins in the country. But many are just visiting. Many of the small birds that we can enjoy watching in our gardens come from the other Scandinavian countries and pass through Denmark in April/May and September/October on their way south. In mild winters many robins choose to winter in Denmark.
Those that migrate, winter in the Mediterranean. But even in the coldest of winters you can still hear the robin’s beautiful bubbling song. It is a trusting bird and it is often possible to get quite close to it.

Many wild birds including the robin can find themselves in difficulty if we experience extremely cold winters. In such conditions many small birds in particular risk dying of hunger and freezing to death. In some cases as many as 80% of af wrens and robins die.
However, a single breeding season is enough to rectify the situation.

Remember that you can help small garden birds by placing fat and seed in the garden or on the veranda/balcony. Old apples and other fruit are also a popular favourite.