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A Flock of Robins

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American Robins visited in a huge flock of several hundred birds along with about that same number of Boat-tailed Grackles on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in my neighborhood.  Almost every one of the trees along my street here were bustling with birds!

American Robins are not true robins at all.  These birds are members of the Thrush family of birds.  I have observed that most of the American Robins like staying in taller trees.  These birds usually feed on the ground and enjoy earthworms, grubs, and insects.  They also will take seeds, berries and fruits.  This bunch of birds were here for a few hours and then moved onward.  I think they were a migratory flock.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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American Robins in the Bird Bath!

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Rub-a-dub-dub, Robins in the tub!  A large flock of American Robins (members of the Thrush bird family) arrived in my neighborhood on Feb. 21, 2015.  These are migratory birds in my neighborhood.  I am so glad they are here!

My next door neighbor’s bird bath has been extra-popular with this bunch of Robins.  They came in waves to drink and bath in the cool water.  Yesterday was a warm day here where I live so the Robins had a lot of fun splashing themselves and the other birds on the rim of the decorative concrete bird bath.  I took these pictures both in the morning and the afternoon on Feb. 22, 2015.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Robin Takes a Bath

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A Flock of American Robins was feeding on the ground next to the rainfall retention basin across the street from my house.  One of these robins, a bright orange male, was happily bathing in the shallow water of this basin on a sunny warm afternoon on March 1, 2014 when I took these pictures.

This handsome robin was splashing away while its friends were hunting for worms in the lawns of the basin area and at a flower bed next to the basin.  American Robins are to me, such cheerful and busy birds!  I really enjoy seeing and hearing them.  There were about ten of these cuties here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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Songbird & Egret Gallery

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Here are photographs I took this last week, of a variety of songbirds.  I so enjoy seeing new birds here!  The new arrivals this past week were:  A Chipping Sparrow; a Pine Warbler; and a pair of American Robins.  It was very cold for two days last week.  Some of the birds are seen here really puffed up so that they could stay warm.  It was only 31 degrees F. when I took the pictures of the American Robin, and the little Eastern PeWee!  Brrr.

The Eastern Blue Jay was a welcomed sight.  I seldom spot Blue Jays around here.  There at least two male Northern Cardinals here and a male Downy Woodpecker also in the area.  In fact, I saw three different kinds of woodpeckers here in the yards last week.  Additionally, there was a flyby of a flock of Cattle Egrets right over my home.  I took these pictures in my yards and around the street.  I am happy to say that the weather was much warmer this past weekend here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Small Wildlife

While out near the pond I saw a small turtle basking on a rock at the opposite shore of the pond from where I was at.  It is the first turtle I have seen in the year I have lived here.  It is illegal for Tennesseans to own turtles as pets but OK for turtles to live in the wild in ponds, lakes, rivers and streams.  I also saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker, several Canada Geese, a Mourning Dove, an American Robin, an Eastern Bluebird, and a House Finch.  I also saw to my absolute happiness, a pair of Mallard Ducks on the pond.  I have missed seeing ducks here in recent weeks and am very happy to have seen this pair.  Hopefully these ducks are scouts and more ducks will be on the way here soon.  I took these pictures on Sept. 21, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

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!

An American Robin Hunts in the Grass

This American Robin was with its mate out successfully hunting for insects grubs and bugs in the grass last evening at about 7:00 pm.  I had not seen the robins around much in recent days.  I guess they were busy with nesting and chick rearing.  The American Robins are not true Robins but are really a member of the Thrush family of birds.  They stand erect and hop on both feet when foraging in the grass.  They have a rather babbling call which is loud and fairly musical.  The American Robins also have a broken white ring around each eye.  They are greyish brown on their backs and rusty-brown on their breast fading to a streaky ivory.  They are really wonderful birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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