Robins are everywhere at this time of year. But here are five facts you didn't know about this most familiar of garden birds:
Merry Christmas from the RSPB Web Team!
It hardly feels like we're only a matter of days away from Christmas - it's been so mild. To get you in the spirit, admire Dean Bricknell's photo of a gorgeous snowy owl. It's from RSPB Images, where you can find thousands of other lovely images.
These birds are very rare visitors to the UK, though they have bred occasionally. But over in Canada and the USA, wildlife watchers are enjoying a huge 'invasion' of snowy owls moving much further south and in greater numbers than usual.
They are beautiful birds - just watch this video, taken in New Jersey a few days ago.
Noisy and sociable they're a common sight in our gardens. And what with the huge flocks seen in some parts at this time of year, you'd be forgiven for thinking that starlings are doing rather well.
This however masks the truth that the UK population has halved since 1995. Released today, the annual 'State of the UK's Birds' reveals the fortunes of our birds, both in the UK and its overseas territories.
So here's a picture of some starlings in the snow. Despite the loss of half the population, you can help. One of the reasons for decline is lack of nest sites, so helping can be as simple as putting up a starling nest box.
This is one of thousands of wonderful nature images from RSPB images. Take a look and find one that makes you smile this Monday.