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!
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!
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!
A few days ago when the Eastern Bluebirds and Starlings were busily investigating our yard for worms grubs and other insects, a tiny group of American Robins came around to do the same. American Robins love poking around on lawns for worms. They have a long slender but strong bill that helps them pull up worms and insects from the turf. American Robins are beautiful. These birds have a burnt-orange colored breast and medium-brown back and head. They have a broken white ring around each eye. American Robins are not here too often but do live in the woods down the street. I am always happy to see birds here in the yards. I snapped these pictures in my yard on December 30, 2011. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
While I was taking pictures of the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker the other day, two orange and brown American Robins were also on the lawn hunting for tasty insects and worms. The American Robins are insect-eaters and wonderful bug-getters. American Robins have keen eye-sight, and that certainly is helpful when they try to find their dinner! They are an attractively colored medium-sized songbird. The American Robin has a distinctive broken white ring around each eye. The American Robins have musical calls and songs that are a bit similar to those of the Eastern Bluebirds. They are great parents and the father bird does take an active role in rearing the youngsters. I have not seen any nests here and have seldom seen many Robins this Summer. They mostly live way down the block and were just here visiting to hunt. The American Robin is not a true Robin but is a member of the Thrush family of birds. I always enjoy seeing these wonderful birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version. Enjoy!
American Robins are frequently seen browsing for insects on lawns in my neighborhood during the Spring and Summer months. The American Robin is a type of Thrush bird and not a true Robin. The American Robin has a brown head and back with a dark orange chest and throat. The American Robin also has a pointed yellow bill. The Robin eats insects, especially enjoying earthworms and lawn grubs. The Robins mostly walk around when hunting. They have good eyesight and can sense when insects are near. The American Robins nest in my neighborhood in larger trees. They are wonderful parents. They also are melodic singers. A great way to tell at a distance if a bird is an American Robin is to check for the distinctive white eye ring markings that all have. I am pleased when I see these birds here in my yards! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
American Robins are coming around my yards a bit more often since the weather has turned milder. I am so happy to see these beautiful grey-brown and orange birds with the distinctive white eye ring. The American Robins usually eat on the ground and prefer to eat worms and insects. The American Robins are usually good parents. I know that several American Robins had nested in large trees down the street from my home this past Spring. During the past couple of months I had not seen many American Robins at all here in my yard. There are just slight differences in the coloring between the male and female American Robins. The female is a slightly duller colored bird. I took these photographs in my front yard yesterday morning (1/30/11). The light was good and the bird cooperative. The conditions were nice weather-wise, so I got some good pictures of this brilliantly orange bird that posed so sweetly for me! It is good that yesterday’s weather was so nice. I woke up to grey skies today but mild temperatures. It is likely to rain a bit today. We also have a few visiting Sea Gulls here fishing this morning. Interesting. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Today I will show a few more of the songbirds that have been in and above my yards in the last two weeks. I have seen a couple of Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, an American Robin, Goldfinches, Crows, White-Breasted Nuthatches, Eastern Bluebirds and a Brown Creeper. I have full bird feeders, and also have sprinkled some seed on the ground a bit. Most of these birds are enjoying the buffet. The Robins are ground feeders and mostly eat worms and insects. The American Robin finally came down the street to briefly sit in my Walnut tree yesterday. The Red-Bellied Woodpecker creeped down the trunk of the big Oak to eat a couple of pieces of nuts and seeds (Purina “Woodpecker’s Delight” of the songbird mixes) off of the ground. I sometimes put this woodpecker nut and seed blend out on the ground for the Grey Squirrels, Eastern Chipmunks also. I enjoyed seeing all of these birds here a great deal! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Eastern Bluebird
A Cold and Wet Robin
American Robins came to my neighborhood in a big flock on a very cold dreary rainy Saturday (12-4-10). There must have been about 30 birds in this flock but many were content to stay in the tree-tops. The American Robins have not been around here for several months. I had not seen many birds around here at all in the week (other than Bald Eagles) that I had taken these pictures, so I was very happy to see the Robins. I love their cheerful chirping and the bright orange color of their chest. The Robins are ground feeders and prefer insects to eat. They nest in my area in the Spring. The Robins tend to perch in the heights of the trees here but are easily seen on the lawns when hunting for tasty worms and other insects. We had a banner bird day on 12-4-10, with many different birds here. We have had two straight days of below freezing weather here by the lake, so the birds that normally are here in my yards, just have not been out much. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!