Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Robins are Back


 A few days ago I noticed that the robins are back and once again feasting on the seeds from the huge ficus trees in the courtyard where I live.  These pretty birds were gone over the winter months when the trees weren't producing seeds.  But once the seeds started dropping in late May, the birds were back.  I wonder where they went during those winter months.

They are pretty wary of people so I have to sit patiently and take photos with the extra long telephoto.  I'm lucky when I can get a good shot.

I think these fellows appeal to me so much because I a grew up seeing robins outside my window while living in Illinois.  They were as common as sparrows there.  They are quite uncommon in a desert setting so the first time I spotted them two years ago, I was thrilled.  They make my happy!

12 comments:

biebkriebels said...

Wow, that first one is amazing, well seen!

Travel said...

My reference book says they are short distance migratory, so probably into nearby mountains, maybe south across the border, or north into the mountains. Many over winter here. In Michigan they disappeared in winter.

Andy said...

The robins with the black spots on their breast are this years hatchlings. Sometimes the parents are close by and still feeding them. ~(‾▿‾)~

William Kendall said...

The last is my favourite.

RedPat said...

They are really common here and are very brave as they poke around in lawns looking for food. It is always nice to see the first ones arriving home in spring. I think a lot of ours go down to Florida for the winter.

Steve Reed said...

Interesting what Andy said -- I never realized young robins have spotted breasts. They look like thrushes here in England, and apparently American robins really ARE a kind of thrush. (As opposed to English robins, which are completely different birds.)

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Don't look like our robins

bill burke said...

Wonderful captures of the robins. The last one is fantastic and my favorite.

Catalyst said...

I see them here in the spring.

Gemel said...

Adorable!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gorgeous series of shots Sharon, the robins are so sweet. I think they may fly somewhere warmer in winter, although your winters don't get that cold do they?

Susie of Arabia said...

Such pretty little fellas!