… and looking up … This is a robin (you will need to trust me on this, but maybe the beak color gives it away?) flew into the tree crotch as I was watching. It was high enough to be safe for nesting, but too high for a good vantage point for my lens. Even so, this is my first time spying a robin on a nest. The American robin (Turdus migratorius) is named after the European robin, though the latter is a flycatcher and the American is a member of the thrush family. Robins are plentiful around here, are the first to arrive in the Spring (usually in late February). They announce the coming dawn with a distinctive warble,beginning at 4:30 a.m. during the summer; after the sun sets, as dusk descends, their song bids farewell to the day. In my yard a small birdbath provides fresh water for their (and other birds') bathing and drinking; at Heron Haven, the "birdbath" is much bigger. The wetland has recorded more than 130 bird species, migratory and otherwise.
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