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American Robin

March 31, 2014
American Robin during winter in New England

Listening to me intently

 

A Welcome Sight

While winter is certainly taking its own sweet time to wind down here in New England, I was quite happy to see this American Robin resting on the slowly melting snow pile still sitting at the top of my driveway.

A Sign of Spring?

Although robins are considered harbingers of spring, the American Robin spends the winter here on Cape Ann. During the coldest part of winter, they stay relatively hidden away roosting trees rather than in our yards on the grass.

During the course of the winter I’ve spotted the American Robin in small groups feeding on various tree and plant berries. I’ve read that when they feast exclusively on honeysuckle berries, they can become intoxicated. Perhaps that explains why this particular robin allowed me to approach so closely and seemed quite content listening to my voice. I was mindful to keep a comfortable distance, as I didn’t want to stress the bird. That’s a courtesy every good “bird whisperer” should give to our feathered friends.

Out To Sea

Maybe the sight of this American Robin really was a sign of spring on the horizon. While this week’s massive ocean storm did bring some incredible wind with it, the center of the storm moved further off shore than originally forecasted. Rather than dropping 10-18 inches of snow here on Cape Ann, it merely produced a flake or two. Now, at this moment, my outdoor thermometer says 58 degrees. That’s New England!

Come on spring! The robins and I are waiting for you to kick winter goodbye!

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 18-300mm
Exif Data:  1/40s, f/9.0, ISO 200, 260mm

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