American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

This is an easy one to start with. The second most abundant bird in North American, robins are endemic on the farm and are the first migratory birds to arrive in late winter and possibly winter over. Easily identifiable by their reddish-orange breast, they are often seen in large flocks on the farm in the early spring but become more solitary in the summer. They are profuse breeders. According to wikipedia, produce two to three broods a year hatched from their distinctive blue eggs. This fecundity appears to be much needed as only 25% of young robins survive their first year and the average lifespan is a short two years.

The robin pictured below was photographed on an August morning atop a willow oak. With a mouth full of  invertebrates, this master hunter was no doubt rushing home to feed its last hatchlings of year.

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