There are a number of reasons why I decided to take on this project. My first reason has to do with my interest in birds. This began shortly after moving to Victoria ten and a half years ago. With our house backing onto a wooded area, the chirping of birds is a familiar sound all year long. I often glance out the window to see birds of all forms in the yard throughout the day. Frequently I will pull out the Birds of Victoria or Birds of North America reference guides we have on hand. Unfortunately, the drawings in the first aren’t overly helpful for identification and the number of entries in the second is overwhelming. My second reason has to do with a photography course I took a number of years ago. Since that time I have been trying to think of a practical reason to buy a new camera. Taking pictures of birds requires a powerful zoom lens which my previous point-and-shoot camera could not accommodate. Perfect! My final reason was my desire to take on a new project to welcome in 2011. Hence, bird of the day was born.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

American Robin

Turdus migratorius
Reddish-orange breast
Grey-brown back
White under tail coverts
Dark head
Yellow bill with dark tip
White spots around eyes

Listen to its song.

Having grown up in northern Ontario where the robin always signaled the coming of spring, it still strikes me as remarkable to see one in January. Just one of the many things I love about Victoria! Early this morning, I spotted this one checking out the other birds in our yard.

One interesting fact I recently learned about the robin we have here is that it is a completely different bird than the English Robin. It was that bird that was the little robin redbreast of rhyme.

Learn more about the American Robin. 

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