Last month in the area where I photographed this adult American Robin perched in a Serviceberry tree in the Wasatch Mountains showed all the signs of fall. The color of leaves were changing, the air was cooler than it had been since early spring and I could hear elk bugling in the distance. After last weeks much needed rain in the valley and snow in the high country I bet it looks like a winter wonderland up there now.
Adult American Robin in a Serviceberry tree – Nikon D500, f7.1, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I had a slow morning bird wise on the 17th of September, I was seeing birds but most of them were too far away to photograph or they remained nearly hidden from my view. That was fine with me because what I needed was some peace and quiet, I needed to be away from the news and to have time to relax. I love being out in nature just as much as I love photographing birds.
My best bird that morning was this adult American Robin that fluffed, preened and gobbled down some berries while perched in a Utah Serviceberry tree. In this photo I believe the robin was keeping an eye out for a Cooper’s Hawk I had seen fly overhead a few minutes earlier. I like the scrunched up posture it showed me for some reason.
Nothing fancy or terribly exciting but a bird is a bird is a bird.
Life is good.
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.