Robins at the River
I was lucky to catch a flock of American Robins at the Sudbury River last Saturday. In the spring and summer months you see one or two at a time, but at this time of year they gather in large groups. I think this is a great picture because it captures the "essence" of an American Robin. You can clearly see the broken white eye ring, the striped throat, and the ruddy red breast.
Most of the Robins were eating from what I think is some type of cherry tree. I recently noticed the same tree at my mothers house, but not a soul is eating those berries yet.
A good view of the black striped throats shared by both sexes.
Unlike the flock of robins I saw at my house last December, these birds looked well fed and healthy.
I got a series of shots of this vibrant individual.
Here he is vocalizing. He may have been warning me off, but I don't think he was.
A very handsome fellow!
This typical robin's pose makes the bird appear cheerful and alert. Even their call is a happy one; it is usually described as sounding like "cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up."
I think this particular bird is a female. The female American Robin has the same coloring as the male, but is slightly duller overall.
The head of a female robin is more gray than black.
Robins are abundant, but that doesn't make them common. Seen up close and personal, their striking features add up to a very beautiful bird!