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Resourceful Visitors

Categories: Birds and Lens Friends.

Although the calendar says it is spring the days have been chilly, windy, snowy or rainy.   The visitors keep arriving in the garden and are very resourceful at finding something to eat. The robins arrived at the end of January in a large flock that remains for the winter.   At first there were lots in the garden but lately it seems that just one or two of them have picked our garden to remain in.   We’ve had unexpected snow so far and this robin was very resourceful at finding the greenery baskets on the deck railing and
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R for Robins

Categories: Birds.

We always await the return of the robins … a sure sign that spring is on the way.  Spring arrived on March 20, 2014 this year but we all know that the first day of spring isn’t always the first spring day.  We long for the warmth of the sun, the growth in the garden and the chirping of the robins.
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Snapping Those Visitors

Categories: Birds.

Capturing lens friends at the feeders and in the garden is becoming an obsession.  The camera is always set up on the tripod either inside or outside just waiting for that next shot.  Birds are creatures of habit, just like humans, and will feed around the same time each day.  It is also important to listen when in the garden so that you know which birds are approaching.  I have a few spots where I can set up the tripod so that it isn’t totally visible to the bird visitors.  Setting it up ahead of time means you have the
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Feed Me, Feed Me!

Categories: Birds.

The robins are nesting once again over the light above the garage door.  This has been a popular nesting spot for several years now.  They will reuse a nest from the previous year after making sure it is up to code and doing a little remodelling, but most likely the nesting instinct takes over and a new one is built. The American Robin is named after the British robin because of its red breast.  But the American and British robins aren’t related.  The American robins belong to the thrush family, in fact the largest thrush in North America.   They
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Cheerful Robins

Categories: Birds.

The robins are extremely busy hopping around the garden looking for worms and grubs and making their nests.  Robins are migratory birds that belong to the thrush family. The American robin (above) is named after the European robin, however they aren’t related.  Their colouring is similar and that is all.  The bird is about 28 cm long and has a black head and tail with grayish wings.  They eat fruits and insects and can frequently be seen eating the sumac plumes. The cheerful robins sit in the trees and sing their morning song, very often they are the first birds
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The Robins Return

Categories: Birds.

We always hear the robins, Turdus migratorius,  before we see them, and that has been happening for a couple of weeks now.  Last week on our walk along the Waterfront Trail we spotted several robins hopping around, but they were a bit too quick to photograph.   We’ve seen them flitting in the garden, in and out of the cedar trees perhaps looking for a good nesting place. Here is robin singing his spring song in the back tree.  This is a migratory bird in our area and always a welcome site after a long winter.  They always seem to arrive
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