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Young Robin

Young Robin
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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753
Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-12 13:47
Viewed: 3162
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This young Robin was sitting on a branch near our campsite at Diamond Lake. It let me get pretty close before chirping for "Mom" and finally flying away into the bushes.

From Wikipedia:
The American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. The similarity between the orange-red coloring of its breast to that of the smaller and unrelated European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) led to its common name. The American Robin is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

The adult male and female both are active in protecting and feeding the fledged chicks until they learn to forage on their own. The adult Robins give alarm calls and dive-bomb predators, including domestic cats, dogs and humans, that come near the young birds. The fledglings are able to fly short distances after leaving the nest. The wings of juvenile birds develop rapidly and it only takes a couple of weeks for them to become proficient at flying. The cryptic young birds perch in bushes or trees for protection from predators. Bird banders have found that only 25% of young robins survive the first year.

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