The One Legged Robin Story

Lights out!

Image of a Robin sitting on a person's hand feeding on yellow suet sticks.

May 2005. The Robin very quickly took to feeding from our hands and would later beg us for food; often waiting on the back door handle for us to return home. This was taken before he injured his right leg.

Image of a Robin standing on a fence on one leg, feathers lifting in the breeze almost like the bird is doing a curtsy.

May 1st 2006. He was quite aggressive to invaders in his territory and his right leg was injured, possibly in a fight with another Robin. He would tuck his injured leg out of the way amongst his feathers, which is how he came to be known as the one legged Robin. Maybe he felt like he had a lot to defend with these tame humans at his disposal.

Image of a Robin standing on a fence on one leg, feathers lifting in the breeze almost like the bird is doing a curtsy.

Probably the most iconic of the Robin photographs.

Image taken through a window of a one legged robin standing on a door handdle peering in to the room beyond.

May 23rd 2006. Waiting outside on the kitchen door handle for us to return home and feed him. He looks looks very plump, he wasn’t really that fat!

Image of a robin standing on the branch of a fig tree.

September 2006 showing the apparently healed injury to his right leg.

Image of a robin on a stone step showing a badly injured leg.

May 2007. This shot shows the gruesome injury to his right leg, which is clearly broken. It's a wonder he survived this and perhaps explains his increasing dependency on the human handouts. The following shot zooms in on the injury, look away now if you are squeamish.

Image of a robin showing a badly injured leg whiclt standing on stone step and with an orange suet stick in his beak.

A closer look at the Robin's right leg, clearly showing the break.  The injury appeared to heal during the summer of 2006 but was looking worse again here in May 2007.

Image of a robin standing on one of a pair of Dunlop wellington boots.

March 2008, still going strong and still pestering us for food. Back to using both legs despite the obvious scarring on his right one.

Image of a one legged robin standing on one leg on a bracket for hanging baskets. The robin's feathers are looking dishevelled.

June 2009 and the last confirmed sighting of the One Legged Robin and still suffering the break to his right leg.

Image of a Robin sitting on a person's hand feeding on yellow suet sticks.
Image of a Robin standing on a fence on one leg, feathers lifting in the breeze almost like the bird is doing a curtsy.
Image of a Robin standing on a fence on one leg, feathers lifting in the breeze almost like the bird is doing a curtsy.
Image taken through a window of a one legged robin standing on a door handdle peering in to the room beyond.
Image of a robin standing on the branch of a fig tree.
Image of a robin on a stone step showing a badly injured leg.
Image of a robin showing a badly injured leg whiclt standing on stone step and with an orange suet stick in his beak.
Image of a robin standing on one of a pair of Dunlop wellington boots.
Image of a one legged robin standing on one leg on a bracket for hanging baskets. The robin's feathers are looking dishevelled.
Image of a Robin sitting on a person's hand feeding on yellow suet sticks.
Image of a Robin standing on a fence on one leg, feathers lifting in the breeze almost like the bird is doing a curtsy.
Image of a Robin standing on a fence on one leg, feathers lifting in the breeze almost like the bird is doing a curtsy.
Image taken through a window of a one legged robin standing on a door handdle peering in to the room beyond.
Image of a robin standing on the branch of a fig tree.
Image of a robin on a stone step showing a badly injured leg.
Image of a robin showing a badly injured leg whiclt standing on stone step and with an orange suet stick in his beak.
Image of a robin standing on one of a pair of Dunlop wellington boots.
Image of a one legged robin standing on one leg on a bracket for hanging baskets. The robin's feathers are looking dishevelled.