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A Small Flock of Traveling Robins

American Robins were here in the yards a few days ago.  They were likely on their way to other places.  I have seen robins here several times this year but they seem to be very transient.  These are not true Robins but are members of the Thrush family of birds.  They have a distinctive way of moving along on the grass – they hop upright.  They are also easy to spot with the rusty orange breast and white broken ring around their eyes.  They have a rather “Blabby” sound but it is not unpleasant.  The Robins mostly eat insects and can be found hunting in grassy lawns.  I would estimate that there were about fifteen American Robins here on September 13, 2012 when I took these pictures in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Baltimore Oriole Bird Stops By

Yesterday I was out walking with the camera and saw a new face here.  I was extremely pleased to see a male Baltimore Oriole bird on a lower branch of a dead tree.  That tree is in a really good spot for the birds and wildlife – the gulch area near the pond’s dam.  Lots of food, water, and shelter.

The Baltimore Oriole is the bird of Maryland.  It is s Spring visitor here in this area of Tennessee up on the Cumberland Plateau.  The male is bright orange, black, and white.  The female and older juveniles are basically similar but of a duller and slightly brownish tone.  These birds love nectar, insects and fruits.  I have read where they really enjoy a now and then treat of a sliced orange fruit being put out for them to nibble at and sip the juices from.  Interesting!  I took the pictures in my driveway yesterday.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

American Robins Hunting and Singing

These days I am not seeing many birds here but I am hearing the American Robins singing away up in the Oak Trees.  The songs and calls are quite beautiful.  I miss seeing and hearing the Eastern Bluebirds but I think that the Robins are doing a fine job as the neighborhood troubadours.  The American Robins will be nesting soon.  A lot of the birds here are nesting now.

The Robins enjoy browsing in the newly mown grass to find worms, grubs, and other tasty morsels for their meals.  Because of nesting, many birds are just not out and about much.  It is a fairly quiet period and is early this year due to the warm weather.  I was quite happy to see the American Robins.  Robins are beautiful in  their looks and their song!  I took these pictures in my yard on several days in the last few weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Rainy Day Bluebirds

This morning I woke up to a snowy day.  I have included a couple of pictures of the landscape here to show that though we do get snow, it is not a lot.  A small flock of Eastern Bluebirds live around the little farm here.  Every once-in-a-while I see four or five of the colorful blue buff and orange birds all at the same time.  Two days ago was such as day.  The weather here was rainy and windy but the rain increased the availability of the earthworms for these insect-eating birds.  The birds just were out in force hunting for their afternoon meal.  I enjoyed watching them in action.

One of the handsome males flew up and perched on the wooden fence on the West side of the property here.  The males are slightly shorter, rounder, and brighter in color than the females.  Bluebirds are great at catching insects.  This will be a big help to me when I plant my Spring and Summer vegetable garden here.  They are, of course, quite beautiful to watch, too.  I enjoy seeing the various songbirds that live here or just visit the yards.  I took these pictures on January 11, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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