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March 10, 2012 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: The Robins Have Returned

During the winter American Robins form large flocks and many migrate to warmer climates. Some flocks will stay in colder areas if they can find food, usually hanging out in parks or forest preserves.

A sure sign of spring is the sight of a robin poking around in a suburban backyard. Several times this week I saw a robin in my yard checking out the real estate, hopping from tree to tree, gazing across the landscape, and using the bird bath. The males scout out the nesting areas prior to the arrival of the females.

Robins are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. They don’t mind people, are very approachable and will often hold a pose. This one never left his meal while a group of over a dozen people walked past.


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  1. Louise / Mar 10 2012 4:07 am

    A lovely bird shot as always, and I’m sure a welcome sign of spring.


  2. Mary / Mar 10 2012 7:04 am

    Great shot, Leslie. For me Robins are the quintessential sign of the return spring!


  3. Eva @View from the Hillside / Mar 10 2012 7:24 am

    A great bird shot again. I’m enjoying any sign of spring these days.


  4. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / Mar 10 2012 7:44 am

    What a great close up Leslie. What kind of lens did you use?


    • Leslie / Mar 11 2012 11:22 am

      A lightweight zoom lens, Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS. It’s great for carrying around. It’s not a real fast lens so it works best for daytime shots with a lot of light.


  5. kaye / Mar 10 2012 8:16 am

    Fantastic shot, as always, Leslie! Seeing a robin was a cause for celebration when we lived up north.


    • Leslie / Mar 11 2012 11:23 am

      When I see the first lone robin in my backyard I do the happy dance!


  6. Trish / Mar 10 2012 8:21 am

    Yes, robins! I haven’t seen them here yet, but with warmer temperatures on the way next week they can’t be far behind.


  7. laurelrainsnow / Mar 10 2012 8:25 am

    I think robins are my favorites. This is a great shot, too. Maybe I should go out on the patio today and see what birds might come. I have a birdhouse out there….lol



  8. dyane / Mar 10 2012 9:09 am

    I can’t wait for them to return here ….please tell them for me 🙂


  9. Susan / Mar 10 2012 9:16 am

    I saw robins in our oak tree yesterday! Spring is coming!


  10. Sheila (Book Journey) / Mar 10 2012 9:21 am

    That is a wonderful shot!


  11. Col (Col Reads) / Mar 10 2012 9:50 am

    Great shot — and seeing it makes me happy!


  12. Nise' / Mar 10 2012 11:56 am

    I saw one out my work window this week!


  13. Kim / Mar 10 2012 1:41 pm

    I learned a poem in grade school, titled Little Robin Redbreast–never forgot that title as we have Robins here in Seattle year round. What a lovely shot you got of him.


  14. Lisa / Mar 10 2012 2:06 pm

    That’s a lovely picture — and a very handsome bird.


  15. Suko / Mar 10 2012 2:36 pm

    Very pretty photo! Robins are a favorite bird of mine.


  16. Debbie Rodgers / Mar 10 2012 5:37 pm

    Oh my word! You have robins! Let’s see…”Spring, it is said, advances up the United States at the average rate of about 15 miles a day”….that means we should see one in about 5 weeks…yup, about right! Looking forward to the sight, thanks for the advance peak!


    • Leslie / Mar 11 2012 11:24 am

      Another month and the migrants should be back. I think the robins I’m seeing now are ones that stay in the area year round.


  17. irene / Mar 10 2012 7:41 pm

    I haven’t seen a Robin just yet, but hopefully soon.


  18. Marie / Mar 11 2012 11:39 am

    I love robins, too! Their songs always make me smile. I could listen to them for hours. Great photo!


  19. Alyce / Mar 13 2012 1:11 pm

    He’s such a dignified and pretty bird!


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