Thursday, July 02, 2009

Coastal BC Birds: American Robin

American Robin

One of the earliest birds to arrive in Spring is the robin. It's a sign that summer isn't far away and a welcome sight. Now that it's summer, our visiting robin is all settled in.

She flits around the float and rock wall looking for tasty morsels. She especially enjoys foraging in my float garden for bugs and worms. I hate to lose any of my worms, but she is welcome to the bugs one and all.

The American Robin comes to vacation in Canada after winter is done and the weather starts to warm up. The robin is easily identified by its reddish-orange breast (Robin Redbreast), yellow beak and cheery song. I usually awaken (briefly) at dawn to her melodious song.

The robin's diet includes, of course, worms, other insects and even some snails. I wish she liked slugs, I've got more of those in my garden than I can count. Another favourite is fruit. When I go out to pick my strawberries there are always a few that have been eaten, leaving only a hollowed out shell. That's a small price for all the free bug eradication. -- Margy


  1. a good thursday to you margy.
    i too like the robin. we've many of them in our area...they just love to pick worms in the grass after we mow.
    have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Good pictures of the Robin I always look forward to seeing the first one in the spring then Ican hope it will start warming up.
    My potatos in a tub are growing like crazy I hope they are making tubers and not just leaves.
    ~~Hugs Betty ~~

  3. Cute photos of this cheery bird! I love listening to them sing in my yard!

  4. Nice post Margy. Happy 4th of July!

  5. My chickens love slugs..maybe I can bring one or two up the lake..but then again they will eat everything, not just the slugs.
    It was so nice to see you, next time we will stop and not just float by.


  6. Hello. I am writing this for Dave. He had a calamity on Sunday 28th June and has managed to break his arm really badly.

    Dave was working up a ladder when the ladder slipped, he didn’t fall too far, but put his hand out to save himself and the resulting impact shattered his bones, just under the shoulder. Two paramedics and four husky firemen were needed to get him on to a stretcher and into the ambulance.

    He was in ER in our local hospital for xrays etc, then went to Penticton hospital for CT scan. The fracture is really bad and needs reconstructive surgery. Because the swelling is so bad, the surgery has been put off until Monday 6th July.

    Meanwhile Dave is hitting the pill bottle to cope with the pain. His arm is immobilized in a sling and he is coping quite well at using his computer with one hand. However, he asked me to do this note as it is rather long for his one finger typing skills!

    Dave is more concerned about missing his trip to China to see the Total Eclipse of the Sun, to which he was to head off on 14th July. He has been planning this trip to the eclipse for several years, and is bitterly disappointed. The first few days he would have been in Beijing and the Great wall of China among other sights that city has to offer. Then the Eclipse on the 22nd in Wuhan, next would have been the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian and finally a few days in Shanghai before heading home.


We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy