by Bob Walker
The American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is one of the most well-known birds in North America. These members of the thrush family are common in Los Alamos all year long, and their singing and calling (see players above) from the trees in spring and summer is familiar to all of us. We had an unusually large number of Robins in the area in the winter of 2014-2015, there were fewer in the winter of 2015-2016, and there have been large numbers in White Rock again this winter, especially at the Water Treatment Plant at the Overlook. They also visit the nature center and the nearby canyons, but in fewer numbers. Robins feed mostly on insects and grubs, but in the spring they will also feed on seeds, grape jelly, and suet. They nest locally, and their heavily spotted juveniles can be seen from late spring through the fall.
There is an excellent and enjoyable book, “What the Robin Knows” by Jon Young. It should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in the behavior of birds (that is, birds in general and of Robins, too).
Find more detailed articles about American Robins on these web pages: identify.whatbird.com and allaboutbirds.org, and enjoy more beautiful photos of American Robins at the Glenn Bartley and Jacob Spendelow web sites.