Tales of the mighty robin
Sir - Lovely to read the heart-warming tales of the mighty robin, our ubiquitous red-breasted garden bird, with a deserved reputation for calm and charming curiosity (Country Matters, Sunday Independent, January 21). This wonderful little fellow, a close cousin of the blackbird, gets amazingly close to us humans on a daily basis and, as such, we treat it as a special friend - any sighting is viewed as a sign of good luck and positivity for that day.
We encourage its presence, we feed it and, as Joe Kennedy points out in his article, we even talk to it.
Their pluckiness and bossiness is legendary - the two residents in my garden marshal all the birds at my bird feeder, large and small.