American Robins

American Robins are a very common bird and are easy to recognize, so they’re a great bird for beginning bird watchers.  They are widespread throughout Northern America.  Their most distinguishable feature is the bright orange breast.

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Adult male robin

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As with most birds, the males are brighter and easier to spot.  Usually the females blend in better as a protection mechanism for the young as they are most often with the nest and don’t want to draw attention to it.

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Adult Female Robin

A female robin can have up to 3 broods of chicks a year with an average of 4 chicks each time.  As seen in this picture, earthworms are one of the foods robins eat, but they aren’t too picky eating a a variety of insects, berries, and seeds.

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fledglings asleep in their nest

The chicks stay in the nest slightly over two weeks before taking off, so they grow up quickly.  I got to see these ones for about a week before the nest was empty.  It was also cool that I got to see the protectiveness of the mother bird, who would fly out crying loudly to take attention away from the nest.

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The nearly grown fledglings

Good luck in your own birdwatching adventures!  Remember to respect all living things, but especially wild animals for your safety as well as theirs.





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