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American Robins

I occasionally see a few American Robins here in the yard.  I saw one on Saturday, February 18, 2012 and snapped a few pictures of it.  It was hunting for worms and grubs and other insects in the grassy pastures here.  I also saw one up in a mid-level branch of a large Oak that is near the pond.  American Robins are medium-sized birds with burnt-orange breasts, grey-brown backs and heads and a broken circle of white around the eyes.  They have pointed slender bills.  They usually eat insects.

American Robins, usually just called “Robins” are not true Robins but are a member of the Thrush family of birds.  They are wonderful parents and the male is the primary teacher of the juvenile birds.  Robins build sturdy nests which sometimes are built quite high up in the trees.  I don’t usually see a lot of Robins here but in my former neighborhood, sometimes saw twenty Robins at  a time on a lawn.  I am glad to have seen the birds here!  I took the pictures in my yard on Feb. 18, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "American Robins" (8)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    we kept ours all thru the winter here this year – typically they move thru, but this year they didn’t feel the need to continue south.

  2. Hi TexWisGirl, I think that the weather here in the U.S. has become a bit different from the historical pattern. We have had a mild winter but have had bouts of bitter cold followed by unseasonably warm weather. Many migratory patterns may have been slightly changed due to this. Have a super great day!

  3. I watch for the robins to come back every spring and mark it on the calendar! It means spring is here!

    • Hi Ginny, That would be lovely and I look forward to Spring, but I think old man winter has a bit more huff and puff and spritz of snow left (at least here in Middle TN). Have a super nice day tomorrow!

  4. Yes—we have Robins here –year ’round. In fact, I’m not happy with one of our Robins right now. He is staking out his territory —and keeps pecking on our sliding glass doors (thinking there is another Robin in there)…. He obviously is seeing his reflection… We’ve hung curtains on the outside —-to keep him from pecking… NOW—he is pecking on our neighbor’s windows…. Crazy Robin…


    • Hi Betsy, Yes, a territorial response for sure. Robins seem to be that way at times. Have a good day tomorrow. Interesting weather forecast for this week and the weekend.

  5. At 6:30 PM Central on 2/22/12 here in Cumberland County, TN – we just had a severe thunderstorm blow by, but it did not hit our neighborhood fully at all – just heavy rain and a little thunder. That storm went past to our south so I am really happy that it was a miss for us here (it possibly was rotational at times).

  6. They are wise to stay south longer rather than come up here yet. We are not finished with winter. I’m glad the storm didn’t hit you hard. We had rain all night last night, then snow most of the day today with some pretty good winds. The passes are getting 18 inches of new snow today.

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