Sunday, March 11, 2012

American Robin

I always want to photograph American Robin (Turdus migratorius). But for some reasons I have not had much luck other than seeing them roost high on tree branches or forage on grassy area. Most American Robins are not migratory and they stay at their breeding ground through out the years. During fall and winter, you do see many of then congregate in a large flock and eat mainly fruits and berries. They are not sexually dimorphic however, female is over all duller than the male. They sing the most beautiful songs  (Click to hear their songs) and I am glad to snap this guy with his adorable crest feathers pumped up after 15 minutes of playing "seek and hide" :)


Young fledglings' survival rate is about 25% and the longest lived Robin is 14 years old according to the "Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior". The Robin is considered a symbol of spring as appeared in a poem by Emily Dickinson, " I Dreaded That First Robin So". Do you hear them singing and telling us "Spring is nearly here" !!-- Happy Birding! -- Linda

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