American Robin Fledgling (Turdus migratorius jr) by Mike Oxley

American Robin Fledgling (Turdus migratorius jr) by 

American Robin Fledgling Turdus migratorius jr
Cooper Marsh, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
June 3, 2011

Yet another beauty day in the GWN, sunny, a little cool (20 c – about 70 American) and a light breeze. A perfect day for visiting The Marsh! I arrived early afternoon, got the gear and headed out. There was a lot of damage from the Big Wind we had the other day – more trees in bits – but the wee birds were taking everything in stride. As I was walking down the trail to the boardwalk, I spotted this youngster in the lower branches of a bush. At that age, they think they’re invisible and just freeze, so I was able to get as close as the Bigma would allow. Meanwhile, Ma was enjoying some vintage sumac.

Cool Robin Facts – with thanks to

An American Robin can produce three successful broods in one year. On average, though, only 40 percent of nests successfully produce young. Only 25 percent of those fledged young survive to November. From that point on, about half of the robins alive in any year will make it to the next. Despite the fact that a lucky robin can live to be 14 years old, the entire population turns over on average every six years.

Although robins are considered harbingers of spring, many American Robins spend the whole winter in their breeding range. But because they spend more time roosting in trees and less time in your yard, you’re much less likely to see them. The number of robins present in the northern parts of the range varies each year with the local conditions.

Robins eat a lot of fruit in fall and winter. When they eat honeysuckle berries exclusively, they sometimes become intoxicated.

Robin roosts can be huge, sometimes including a quarter-million birds during winter. In summer, females sleep at their nests and males gather at roosts. As young robins become independent, they join the males. Female adults go to the roosts only after they have finished nesting.

Robins eat different types of food depending on the time of day: more earthworms in the morning and more fruit later in the day. Because the robin forages largely on lawns, it is vulnerable to pesticide poisoning and can be an important indicator of chemical pollution.

The oldest recorded American Robin was 13 years and 11 months old.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 170 to 500 at 500 mm
iso 100, spot metered, F6.3, 1/60 second

In love with Ma Nature! Always have been, always will be. Let’s keep her safe, eh?

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  • LimbozArt
    LimbozArtalmost 4 years ago

    Exquisite capture Mike…just feels so real….I want to pet it !

  • Many, many thanks, Louise! It’s amazing how still these little guys can be.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Very capture Mike

  • Grealt appreciated, Larry. Many thanks!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Sorry! That should be greatly :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaalmost 4 years ago

    Gallery -worthy! Super capture Mike !

  • Wow! Many thanks for such a wonderful compliment, Elfie! So greatly appreciated, my friend!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellalmost 4 years ago

    Very well done.

  • Many thanks, Fred.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    THERE SHE IS!!!!!!!!!!! that’s my MOM bird… what is she doing in your neck of the woods??? LOL WHAT an absolutely fantastic capture Mike!!!! This is so REAL…. Kudos my friend!!!!

  • LOL! Thanks so very much, Cookie. I don’t think this little one was long out of the nest and I’m sure Ma was close by, keeping an eye on him.

    – Mike Oxley

  • John44
    John44almost 4 years ago

    Fantastic Mike
    Great close up


  • Many, many thanks, mon ami! Greatly appreciate your very kind words!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Ray.

    – Mike Oxley

  • stickelsimages
    stickelsimagesalmost 4 years ago

    Babe in the woods indeed Mike
    more fine weather, eh!!!
    Nice one mate
    Cheers Lee

  • Much appreciated, Lee. Thanks! And fine weather, indeed. Sunshine, low 20’s. Just lovely! :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot, Mike

  • Many, many thanks, Shulie!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful babe in the woods…. the first promise of Spring…..robins…….
    Great capture, Mike!!!!

  • Thanks so very much, my friend, and many thanks, too, for the fave! Such a wonderful compliment. Our rainy days seem to be over and now it’s time to get out and enjoy all the sunshine and joys of Spring! Loving it! :o)

    – Mike Oxley

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