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American Robins My photos, my words

When I was browsing through my photo files a few months ago I was surprised by how many photographs I have of American Robins.

I seldom photograph American Robins. Heck, there are times when it seems like I intentionally avoid photographing robins because they are too easy to photograph. That statement may sound like a contradiction, but it’s fact.

Robins are very common most of the year in my area so finding one isn’t difficult. They also aren’t as skittish as many other birds so they don’t fly off when I approach with my camera. They often just look at me, then go about their business. It isn’t a challenge to get a photo of a robin, so I often ignore them. If I didn’t, I’d have thousands of robin photos.

An American Robin calls from a limb in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

But I will photograph a robin in an attractive setting. And I will photograph robins if I’m not finding many other birds on one of my photo hikes.

So I guess I’ve found a lot of robins in attractive settings through the years — or I’ve had more “unproductive” photo hikes than I care to remember — because I have more than enough photos of robins in my files to create this featured gallery for November.

An immature American Robin perches above a field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

According to my favorite site for bird information, All About Birds, the population of American Robins is stable or increasing but life of a robin is filled with risk: “An American Robin can produce three successful broods in one year. On average, though, only 40 percent of nests successfully produce young. Only 25 percent of those fledged young survive to November. From that point on, about half of the robins alive in any year will make it to the next. Despite the fact that a lucky robin can live to be 14 years old, the entire population turns over on average every six years.”

An American Robin perches among berries in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A close view of an American Robin in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin calls from a limb in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin stays alert while perched among berries in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
American Robin singing on limb, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin perches above a field in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An immature American Robin perches above a field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin perches in a field in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin perches on a branch on an overcast morning in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin shows a berry before eating it in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin faces the morning sun in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
American Robin singing in morning sun, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin looks into the sun in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin rests on a tree branch in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin is backlit while perched on a post in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin looks over a field in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin perches on a rail fence in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An immature American Robin is framed by branches, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin perches against a brown background in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin looks around in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin eats a berry in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin is surrounded by green in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin carries a mouthful of worms back to its nest in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An immature American Robin perches among berries, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin perches among berries on a winter morning in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin perches on a branch in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin looks back in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin sings from a limb in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
American Robin on a branch, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
American Robin surrounded by tangle of branches, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
American Robin in morning sun, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An American Robin perches against a morning sky in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
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