The tree again is Cercis-canadensis, commonly called redbud, with its heart-shaped leaves turning to its yellow fall coloring. The bird is an American robin, Turdus migratorius (a different species from the English robin). Robins are frequent visitors in yards, forests, meadows throughout the continent, including the US, Mexico, and Canada. Hardy birds, their presence depends on weather and sources of food and water. Nesting can produce up to three broods a year, though young are raised from only 40% of those nests and only a portion of fledglings will survive. Only half the population of robins surviving to the end of the year will survive to produce young the following year. (Statistics are from Cornell Univ. Lab of Ornithology at http://www.allaboutbirds.org) During the late summer and early Fall, diet changes from worms and other invertebrates to fruits. In late August and into Fall, behavior becomes more social and they form large flocks which migrate to areas with plentiful food, usually fruits.
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