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American Robins

There are a flock of American Robins here in the trees at my little farm.  These are primarily insect-eating birds.  The birds like to browse or hunt for insects, worms, and grubs in the pasture grasses here.  The American Robin is not a true Robin such as are found in Europe.  The American Robin is a type of Thrush bird.  They have a burnt-orange chest, grey-brown back, yellow bill and a white broken ring around each eye.  They are beautiful medium-sized birds that are about the size of a European Starling or an Eastern Blue Jay.  They have a nice song and are quite musical.  I am so happy to have had these songbirds here.  They are year-around residents of the area but I have not had them in my yards this Winter.  I took these pictures in my yard on March 13, 2012 and again on March 14, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "American Robins" (9)

  1. I love the in flight picture, do you use fast motion setting to get that kind of shot? Have you ever seen a real English robin? I have seen pictures. They are smaller and a bit fatter.

    • Hi Ginny, I use a Nikon model D300S and a Sigma 150mm-500mm Zoom long lens. The camera has a built-in image stabilization system. I aim at the bird and track its flight while taking pictures. It is quite a fast camera, and I am blessed to have it. I primarily use the long lens. I am still a beginner at using the digital equipment – two and a half years now. I am getting better but it is still a work in progress. No, I have never seen a living English Robin. Thanks for the information on that bird. I appreciate it. Have a wonderful day!

  2. My hubby and I were looking at your post and pics. We also love the one with the robin in flight. I’d never seen a European Robin so I looked it up and thought they were beautiful but reminded us more of a warbler. Very cool. We saw our first robin here about a week ago. It’s kind of crazy here in ND this year. It’s the 15th and as I look out my window the snow has already melted. Canadian geese are in the air and yesterday we saw our first snow geese.

    • Hi Spoonbillenterprises, How exciting that you have Snow Geese! I have never seen one. We have a lot of Canada Geese in our local area. Our weather has been just plain strange this year, I agree. It is very warm here, almost like it is late April already. I am just now watching the Great Blue Heron out of my living room window. I am blessed to have a ring-side seat to all this wildlife that I watch. I hope you have a splendid day today and thanks for your nice comments!

  3. TexWisGirl said:

    i’ve enjoyed them here all winter this year. usually they move on thru but this year some stayed since it was so mild. 🙂

    • Hi TexWisGirl, That is super for you! I am happy you also get to enjoy these energetic bug and insect-getters. The bonus is that they are pretty and sing a nice tune for our enjoyment. Have an absolutely fabulous day today!

  4. I love that flight photo too! Robins are here too now, just settling in. Today I even saw (and heard) a Meadow lark.

    • Hi Montucky, I read that the weather this Spring will be warmer than it has been in recent years in many places. I think the birds have been moving earlier than they usually do. Glad you are seeing your bird friends again where you live. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

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