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    How to Trap a Robin

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Robins are very famous birds; they are associated with Christmas and for their cheerful songs during the summer months. Robins are amongst the first birds of any to lay their eggs in the spring. The sheer number of robins and their curious nature means that can sometimes be found indoors, in which case the robin will need to be trapped and then released outside. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

     

    Trapping a Robin Bird

     

    • To trap the robin redbreast, you will need to make the bird as calm as possible so turn off all of the lights and close any curtains. Waiting until it gets dark outside may also help.

     

    • Try to observe a robin for a few minutes before you attempt to catch it. Robins like to perch on high surfaces and will constantly move between them to avoid capture. It is quite likely that the robin will use the same flight paths to get between its perches. Knowing these will help you to anticipate the robin’s flight and therefore catch it.

     

    • You will need some netting to catch the robin bird. You need to make sure it is small enough not to allow the bird to escape; quarter bird netting should be ok. Stretch the netting out between both of your hands and make sure there are no wrinkles that could allow the bird to escape. You could use a towel or big sheet to catch a robin should you not have access to a net.

     

    • To catch the robin, approach very slowly from behind, getting as close is as possible. The chances are that you will get spotted the first few times and the robin will fly to another perch. Follow the bird to the next perch and try again. As soon as you feel you are close enough, throw the net or the towel so that it completely covers the robin.

     

    • The next step is to put on some protective gloves and pick up the robin redbreast. As you pick up the robin, keep the net around him so that he can’t fly away. The gloves will keep you safe from being pecked.

     

    • Take the trapped robin outside and untangle it from the net as gently as you can. Once you are sure the robin is completely free of the net, release it.

     

    Tips & Advice

     

    • To keep the robin as calm as possible inside your house, get rid of any dogs or cats as they will try to chase it around the house, only making the bird more stressed and therefore harder to catch.

     

    It is important to release all the robins you catch. It is often illegal to keep any trapped birds.

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