No Batman, but Robin, and “G” stories voting reminder

We have a lot of birds flying in and around our yard. I’m partially deaf and I hear a fair number of birdcalls, but Melisa has excellent hearing and she says it’s a euphonic symphony and I’m only hearing a small part of it. 

In terms of numbers, one of the best-represented birds, if not the most represented, is the American robin.

I’d love to tell you the sex of the bird but:

The sexes are similar, but the female tends to be duller than the male, with a brown tint to the head, brown upperparts and less-bright underparts. However, some birds cannot be accurately sexed on the sole basis of plumage.

Here’s another shot of the above bird . . .

If I were to venture a guess, I’d say the above is a female . . . and this next specimen is a male.

These next three photos are interesting because it looks as if the bird is sizing me up . . .

It’s actually listening for worms. This is a guess based on the behavior I observe. They tilt their heads one way and the next and sometimes they do so in conjunction with putting the head lover and next to the ground . . . right before pouncing and pulling up a juicy meal.

Edited to Add: I stand (or sit) corrected . . . THIS link concludes sight is the primary and key sense used by Robins to hunt for and capture worms.

These next photos might be of a female, but because the lighting conditions change, it’s difficult to go just by the brightness of the plumage (plus, I make things difficult by processing the photos, although I try to process most photos similarly).

Before I go on, I came across this nice parody song. Cat Stevens was a favorite singer (still like his early work) until he went off the rail. This is a COVID-19 parody that is gentle rather than outright funny.

These next photos are definitely of a female since they are the ones who build the nest.

That particular bird would gather nesting material and then fly into a holly bush next to the house. I assumed she was building a nest in the bush and that would be a problem because I’d not yet trimmed it and the bush is in need of a good trim. 

By the way, I held off on trimming it because it’s one of the early-flowering plants and for most of late March and through mid-April it’s swarming with bees and bumblebees and flies and wasps (can you smell a future post coming up?) and I planned on trimming it after the feeding frenzy finished its course.

Anyway, now I was looking at the possibility of having to wait another 3+ weeks.

Strangely, when I had the chance to look for the nest (curious I am), there was no sign of a nest anywhere within the bush. I have no idea why it was going back and forth in there. 

We do have a robin nest in the magnolia tree in front (you might remember one of last year’s POSTS documenting the incubations and brooding), only this time it’s higher up and I won’t be able to check the contents. The robin is currently incubating however many eggs she has in there.

Here’s some information from Wikipedia on nesting and brood raising:

The American robin begins to breed shortly after returning to its summer range. It is one of the first North American bird species to lay eggs, and normally has two to three broods per breeding season, which lasts from April to July.

The nest is most commonly located 1.5–4.5 m (4.9–14.8 ft) above the ground in a dense bush or in a fork between two tree branches, and is built by the female alone. The outer foundation consists of long coarse grass, twigs, paper, and feathers. This is lined with smeared mud and cushioned with fine grass or other soft materials. A new nest is built for each brood, and in northern areas the first clutch is usually placed in an evergreen tree or shrub while later broods are placed in deciduous trees. The American robin does not shy away from nesting close to human habitation and will frequently construct nests under eaves or awnings on human homes when such locations provide adequate shelter. Robins are not cavity nesters, and so will generally not use a bird house, but will take advantage of artificial nesting platforms.

A clutch consists of three to five light-blue eggs, and is incubated by the female alone. The eggs hatch after 14 days, and the chicks leave the nest a further two weeks later. The altricial chicks are naked and have their eyes closed for the first few days after hatching. While the chicks are still young, the mother broods them continuously. When they are older, the mother will brood them only at night or during bad weather.

We also have a couple of doves using a robin’s nest from last year as their own.

I’ll have more on robins and other birds, but for now, let me wind this up. Before I add three separate galleries, let me mention that the writers hope you voted for your favorite of the “Alphabet Challenge G-Stories” HERE. That’s also where you can find links to the stories in case you want to read them before voting (you should totally do that).

I mentioned three separate galleries, but you can also go to THIS SmugMug gallery to see up-to-full-size versions of all these photos. You can also click on the above for a larger version to open in a new tab or window.

The first gallery is the above photos in B&G&W . . .

The second gallery is of some of the above photos processed in various Topaz plugins and apps . . .

And the last gallery is of the photos in the body of the post . . .

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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13 Responses to No Batman, but Robin, and “G” stories voting reminder

  1. What a delightful bird, quite unlike our UK robin!

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    • disperser says:

      From Wikipedia:
      This species is actually a rare vagrant to western Europe, where the majority of records, more than 20, have been in Britain. In autumn 2003, migration was displaced eastwards leading to massive movements through the eastern U.S., and presumably this is what led to no fewer than three American robins being found in Britain, with two attempting to overwinter in 2003–2004, although one was taken by a sparrowhawk.

      Perhaps you’ll see one while out walking someday.

      And yes, quite different from UK robin. I don’t remember the blog (perhaps yours) but I remember a post with lots of photos.

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  2. AnnMarie says:

    Robins are one of my favorite birds, probably because they’re very well represented . . . you can’t help but notice them. They really are a joy to watch and listen to. And your photos honor them beautifully.

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Ann. They are almost an infestation in and around our yard (and during our walks and in adjacent neighborhoods, etc, etc)

      They are fun to watch (like most birds) and some of their vocalizations (especially in the fall) are amazing.

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  3. mvschulze says:

    Wonderful collection of Robin pics. I assume they all are in or near you’re back yard! M :-)

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  4. Perry Broxson says:

    That was definitely a male robin. It had a big yellow pecker!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. He or she…all beautiful birds!
    I love when they are looking right at you.
    GREAT song! Gave smiles! The father and son have wonderful voices!
    (((HUGS)))

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Carolyn, and yes, they sang well.

      I’m relatively sure the birds are not looking at me, but listening for worms. I say that based on the fact they strike those poses and then head to specific spots, pounce, and then come up with worms.

      Studies show the birds use all of their senses, but when I watch them forage in the yard (I leave the grass pretty tall, it does seem as if they are listening because I can’t imagine they can see anything unless right atop a worm. Then again, it could be they are bending their heads closer to better see (they also look for holes). They tend to forage more along the edges of the lawn where the grass ends and some ground is exposed, but those are in the yard proper.

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  6. disperser says:

    I stand (or sit) corrected . . . THIS link concludes sight is the primary and key sense used by Robins to hunt for and capture worms.

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