|American Robin Turdus Migratorous|
(I tried taking photographs with my point-and-shoot through a not-too-clean kitchen window, but the pond is too far away, so I apologize for the picture quality.)
My intrepid visitors soon found the heated birdbath on the back porch. They dominated the dish for a couple of hours, joined occasionally by some of the regular guests.
|Through the French Window|
|A bluebird arrives and sits on the flag-holder perch|
|The male bluebird is joined by a female|
|I wonder what they are saying to each other?|
Of course, the REAL robin is the European Robin, Erithacus rubecula, Britain's National Bird. This perky little red-breasted European robin is an Old World flycatcher, whereas the American robin belongs to the thrush family. I found a great posting by Charlie on the blogging community '10,000 Birds' about the European robin and the folk laws surrounding it. My family and friends in England know how much I miss the little robin and so they traditionally send me a “robin” card for Christmas.
|European Robin on a Christmas card in my collection|
|Male Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis|
|Female Northern Cardinal|
Of course, there were the usual chickadees, dark-eyed juncos, titmice, sparrows, and woodpeckers. There was also a pair of mourning doves, but they didn't stay long enough for me to take their picture. Carolyn of This Grandmother's Garden just did a great posting on mourning doves.
I feel blessed to have so many wonderful birds to brighten my cold, winter days. But maybe spring is not so far away ... if the American robin is to be believed!
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