American Robin

Turdus migratorius

Audubon print of American Robin
Male in fresh breeding plumage
Female has a slightly duller plumage
On lawns in early spring
Bulking up for the grueling season ahead
Female builds nest on her own
3 to 5 eggs in sturdy nest of grass and mud
Hatchlings are helpless
Hatchling demands attention from mother
Male pondering what to do next
Not quite ready to fledge
Juvenile American Robin
Female feeding fledgling
Nearly independent juvenile
Two juveniles fighting over water rights
Post-breeding male at Asian bittersweet
Juvenile at American pokeweed
Post-breeding male on Siberian crabapple

The American Robin is a familiar sight in early spring as it runs across the lawns around the parking lot, only to stop abruptly to pull a worm from the ground.  The brightly plumaged males busily court the duller females through late spring and early summer.  When conditions are favorable, up to three broods of young can be produced in one breeding season.  Rather haggard looking adults can be seen towards the end of July as they are pursued by young birds noisily begging for food.

Outside of the breeding season, robins tend to be less conspicuous at Salter Grove as they spend more time foraging and roosting in shrubbery and trees.