I see American Robins all the time at home and in the field, in the field they usually aren’t very cooperative so when I find one that is obliging I want to take their photos.
Female American Robin in a canyon – Nikon D500, f9, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
Yesterday in a Wasatch Mountain canyon I found a cooperative female American Robin resting on a perch on a hillside covered with sagebrush. She didn’t do much at all except look around and she opened her bill once. Perhaps she was resting because she has already raised her young of the year and doesn’t need to be hurrying and scurrying to find them food, for now she only has herself to look after. I can relate, I raised two sons. Unlike this robin there are days I wish my sons were still at home where I could hug them, watch them smile, have fun and just be with them. They grew up too fast.
This is a simple photo of a bird that is found in every state of the lower forty-eight, Alaska, Mexico and Canada but I have to say this, I enjoy taking this photo every bit as much as any other bird I have photographed because it was the bird in front of me at the time.
Life is good.
Some American Robin facts and information:
- American Robins are large thrushes with rounded bodies, long legs and long tails. The have gray brown plumage with orange to red chests and dark heads. The females are duller in coloration than the males. Males grow black feathers during the breeding season and once the breeding season is over they lose those feathers.
- American Robins are common birds across North America. They are found in many types of habitat including woodlands, forests, urban and wilderness parks, mountains, tundra, backyards, fields and golf courses.
- Some populations are migratory and some are year round residents depending on the geographic location.
- American Robins eat insects and fruits, earthworms and snails.
- American Robins lay 3 to 7 eggs which hatch in 12 to 14 days, the female incubates. They are monogamous.
- A group of robins can be called a “worm” of robins.
- American Robins can live up to 13 years.