Tag: American robin

Fruit-eating birds: American robins, northern mockingbirds, and gray catbirds

What the above photo lacks in quality is hopefully made up for in quantity–of robins, that is. After looking at it for a long time, I make out 9 American robins on 2 distinct winterberries. The winterberry shrub in the foreground with purplish berries…

Robins, and holly–and starlings, oh golly

The harbingers of spring. An American robin (Turdus migratorius) stopped by on February 9, 2018. Perhaps he was a loner. Perhaps he is a member of the small flock of robins I saw recently in the park across the street. He sat in the magnolia…

Persephone months

Eliot Coleman calls the period of time when days are less than 10 hours long from sunrise to sunset the Persephone months. In his Maine winter garden, this is when vegetables under cover will be available for harvest, although they do not grow. The…

Robins ate the winterberries

For Christmas 2015, I bought a small Winter Red winterberry shrub (Ilex verticillata). Sometime the following January, something ate the red berries. I suspected the robins, but did not have proof. This Christmas, the winterberry bush was double in size with multitudes of beautiful…

Bird news: dark-eyed juncos, American robins, and common grackles

The dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis) are back. The first juncos of the winter came to the feeders on December 12 as a light snow moved south from upstate New York. It’s good to see those roly-poly sparrows with the stick legs once again. Juncos come…

American robins come calling

A small flock of American robins (Turdus migratorius) came calling on February 11 to sample the berries on the Sparkleberry winterberry shrub. The high temp for February 11 was 42° F., so the 37° theory may have been a factor. (The theory being that robins come…

November dark days

November dark days. Today, November 23, sunrise was a little before 7 a.m., with the sky getting light around 6:30. Sunset will be around 4:30, with darkness encroaching any time after 4 p.m. So, 9 hours of daylight, and 15 hours of darkness. It…

March changes

Look at this. The first week of March. We just had 6″ of snow on top of a foot of ice pack. The temp has been at zero most mornings. We had the third coldest February on record for this area. It seems that…

A robin experiment

In the post American robin, just a few days ago, I wrote about a big old robin near the feeders, and also about a flock of robins in a nearby park, eating little dried-up fruits from 2 small crabapple trees. Perhaps these tangy treats–well, I…

American robin

American robin (Turdus migratorius). The American robin is a thrush. It has been said that the American robin was given the common name of robin by English settlers, who identified it with the English robin, which also has a red breast–robin redbreast. The English robin,…