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Odd Robin
« on: March 20, 2021, 12:23:34 pm »
This Robin has been in the garden for a few weeks; usually alone but sometimes with another.
It appears 'deformed' about the head which is lumpy and featherless and a dark band extends around its neck interrupting the red breast feathers. It has the appearance of a fledgling about its head with odd bits of down and quill poking out, but all its body, tail and wing feathers seem complete.
It is plump and eats, sings and defecates normally. It is very friendly allowing you within a foot or 30.5cm.
Could it be an early fledgling or is it a malformed adult does the panel think?
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Re: Odd Robin
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2021, 12:29:49 pm »
Poor thing. I’d say feather mites or other disease.

We had robins fledging just outside the kitchen window a few years ago and they didn’t look like that at any stage, plus it’s too early I think. Also wrong time of year for moulting.

Re: Odd Robin
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2021, 01:24:30 pm »
Poor thing. I’d say feather mites or other disease.

We had robins fledging just outside the kitchen window a few years ago and they didn’t look like that at any stage, plus it’s too early I think. Also wrong time of year for moulting.
Thank you. That seems likely. I'll put a bird bath up as a start and see if it helps.
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Re: Odd Robin
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2021, 08:25:44 pm »
Dry dust. That is what birds use to get rid of mites.
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Re: Odd Robin
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2021, 07:09:22 am »
Thank you.
He is worse now: no head feathers and even less red.
He is, however, eating, flying and singing ok. He is sometimes in the garden with another robin and because they are not fighting each other I am assuming that they are a pair.

We contacted the RSPB and they suggested making sure that he/she has plenty of protein available.
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Re: Odd Robin
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2021, 03:43:16 pm »
Mealworms are good for robins, and they like cheese, although ours has to fight the blackbirds for cheese.

Poor wee thing.

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Re: Odd Robin
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2021, 07:12:10 pm »
Whenever we put out mealworms the starlings appear from nowhere, so best out under a cover with small apertures to keep ledger birds out.
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Re: Odd Robin
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2021, 11:11:08 pm »
A similarly odd blackbird
 

normal except no feathers on head