American Robins my photos, my words

I have quite a few photographs of American Robins, and that’s surprising.

I seldom photograph American Robins, although robins are the subject of my featured gallery for January. 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.

An American Robin rests on a tree branch in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

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.

An American Robin stays alert while perched among berries in 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.”

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Pat Hemlepp


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