The Early Bird

Returned from holiday to find first fledgling juvenile Robin of the year in my Marcham garden on 2nd April and flying quite strongly. This time they nested some distance away in a neighbouring garden and  from previous years' observations, when they have nested in my garden, I would be happy suggesting this bird had been out of its nest for a day or so before this. I say this because, first garden appearances of juvenile Robins each year is as a fluffy whirring, short distance, projectile crashing into their chosen/(accidental?) landing area. A much stronger, longer and decent level of flight accuracy is only gained in subsequent couple of days.
The British Trust for Ornithology website indicates fledging dates starting from 18th April !

from Ian Smith: 05 April 20177

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