Tuesday, March 21, 2017

American Robin

This morning, the first day of spring (20 March 2017), American Robins are everywhere. Because of the worn wing feathers and the pale-tipped wing coverts, I think this may be a second-year bird. I can’t be sure of this birds gender. If it is a local breeder, then this robin is definitely a male, Northfield females have duller backs and gray heads. Female robins from more northern latitudes, however, are often very dark and can not be told from their mates by plumage. Regardless of this bird’s destination, its good to have robin calls once again echoing in the backwoods.

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