A Saucy Robin

This gallery contains 2 photos. Hard to believe, but I haven’t posted about American Robins in more than a year! This worm-seeking fellow–one of 20-30 Robins we encountered at Surrey’s Green Timbers Park on February 23–looks nothing at all like his smaller and chubby European cousin.

American Robin at Surrey's Green Timbers Parkpeople, robins, and worms were in abundance at the park on this chilly day.
f/11, 1/1000, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 1600

A bold cousin of the much shyer but similarly sized Varied Thrush, American Robins are familiar sights in my backyard, especially when blueberries ripen here from June until August (they turn up their bills at bird seed). A family of three were enjoying all the free worms they could eat in the backyard and shamelessly making off with all the blueberries they could pinch–the latter they did while throwing us direct impudent stares. This one approached our picnic table in anticipation of fresh fruit, no doubt, at the Maplewood Conservation Area on May 3.

American Robin at Maplewood Conservation AreaI know the pickings are quite good, but could you spare a berry for me?
f/6.3, 1/250, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 400

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42 thoughts on “A Saucy Robin

  1. Though they are common, I see their populations declining a bit. They are my favorite bird. We must protect them. People don’t realize when they use pesticides for bugs, they kill the birds. Oops. Sorry to preach, probably to the choir! Beautiful shot!!!! So clear and crisp, and you were able to catch the expression. Thanks for sharing this,

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    • you are, but thank you all the same for preaching! 🙂 unfortunately, declining bird populations are a common theme in so many parts of the world. we don’t use any pesticides (even if it means a few lost berries 😀 ), because they affect humans as well as bugs and birds.


  2. They look pretty gorgeous Hui, love the second one. I found it odd they’re called robins because they look nothing like our European robin! Yours really does look like a thrush unlike our little robin. I just researched it and figured it’s our robin, not yours that was mis-named tho 🙂

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