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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Shake a tail feather!

The American Robins are year round residents here, but during much of the winter we don't see them on a regular basis. Once they start appearing in small flocks in our neighborhood I can always count on them for entertainment. Of all the birds that visit our yard, the Robins seem to like bathing the most. They've been in all of the birdbaths and the pond waterfall splashing around. When one hops out the next one hops in for it's turn.
I loved watching this one splash around like crazy, the hop to the top of the Cherry tree and shake his tail feathers again and again.







Who needs television when you can look out your window and see this happening?!
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48 comments:

  1. The robins should be showing up soon to do the same thing in our pond. They also love the grapes/raisins leftover from our grapevine on the back porch.
    Nice pics!

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  2. You're right...who needs TV when we can watch nature around us? In fact, I wish I could be outside more! These photos of a robin enjoying it's bath are precious!

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  3. LOL! He has been waiting all winter to get that spring bath. It doesn't take long for a few to splash out most of the water.
    They will be returning here to Ohio any day now. It is usually the last of February or the first of March. Although they may want to hold off a few more days. Its back!

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  4. Wonderful "action" shots Catherine. You need music to go along with them!!! So cute.

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  5. Beautfil shots! I love how you captured the robin shaking his wet feathers after his bath :)
    You have the most amazing photos on your blog....LOVE them! What type of camera do you use?
    Thanks for sharing!
    judy

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  6. Great post! I also love robins withe their quirky faces and hopeful implications. Beautiful photography. The slow shutter speed really does the trick! I sure have been enjoying your blog!

    Lauren

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  7. I totally agree...birds are great entertainment..I will be posting about my bluebirds in about an hour...our header challenge theme this week is "See That Birdie" I believe I have a good shot at winning...fingers crossed!!

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  8. Judy - Thanks! My camera is a Canon Powershot SX10 IS. I really like it.

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  9. Dear Catherine, The American robins are, truly, very pretty little birds. I can well imagine time spent in watching their antics through the window. Do they, I wonder, become as tame as the British ones? I have a regular one that follows me around the garden.

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  10. Wonderful shots of a pretty bird. Thanks for sharing.

    FlowerLady

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  11. They are just the most inquisitive birds.

    When I'm working in the garden, inevitably one will be close by, getting nearer and nearer, waiting to snatch a disturbed insect or a worm.

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  12. Catherine, I'm always so impressed by your ability to capture these great bird photos. Thanks for the second-hand entertainment! -Jean

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  13. An older gentleman in southern Iowa said that the robins are back down there, in spite of the twenty below windchill. Polar weather again today. I like robins and the sounds that they make.

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  14. Wonderful robin photos! I love watching these birds in the garden.

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  15. Wow, such super sharp shots, Catherine! The robins are the heaviest users of the various baths we provide here as well. Seeing them is way better than anything on TV, I agree completely! :-)
    Frances

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  16. They are so much fun to watch! Hope you see lots more Catherine!

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  17. Catherine, Your photos are beautiful! You do very well with capturing the birds in your yard and I'm glad you post them so we can all enjoy.

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  18. I agree!! Bird-Tv is my fave channel!! AWesome shots ...thankyou for sharing them!Yay!!
    Kiki~

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  19. Great photos. Were you singing the old song 'Shake Ya Tail Feathers'?

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  20. Pretty good Catherine! Love the shakin'!

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  21. Great post, your birdbath is lovely, I love the coloured balls in it (do they serve a purpose other than decorative?). The robins look so very happy, a sure sign of spring. :)

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  22. Great clear pics! The color combo of the robin's red breast and the blue birdbath is so pretty. Cheers! Bonnie

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  23. Catherine,


    I see cherry blossoms, oh my it might be spring after all! Fun shots!!

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  24. I so totally agree. I think I could sit and just look out the windows all day long and I actually try it but then get guilty and have to go do work. The robins were always harbingers of spring for me when I was a kid in Maine.

    I got an email from GBBC today and they said for the first time in MANY years Tennessee has broken into the top ten states for submitting reports. It was a big deal here this year I guess. It was my first year participating and now that I know how easy it is I think I'll do it each year. Thanks for the reminders.

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  25. Would you do me a favor? Shout at those robins to hurry up here to Alaska. I need a sign that spring is coming....

    Christine B.

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  26. Such a great post! Such AMAZING photographs~

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  27. I'm always trying to get the perfect photo of my winter birds. I guess I should have gone more for action shots instead of the picture perfect ones.

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  28. Thanks everyone for visiting and commenting. The Robins are definitely fun to watch. I'll try to send them on to you in colder areas to see if that gets the cold weather to move along :)

    Edith Hope - They are fairly tame here, but they aren't anywhere near as friendly as the Chickadees.

    Rebecca - Those glass floats are just decorative. I just found them at a craft store a few days ago.

    Tina - That's great about Tennessee having so many participants. It seemed like there were more people in blogland doing it this year.

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  29. I can hear Ray Charles singing 'Come on, and let me see you shake a tail feather!' in my head as I'm looking at the pics LOL Such great shots! And you have my dream birdbath lol.

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  30. I grew up in Wisconsin where the year's first robin was a very exciting sign of spring.
    I gave your blog the Beautiful Blogger Award today.
    See my blog for more info,
    Terra

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  31. Good morning Catherine, I LOVE the photographs of your robin-visitor. Right now I can hear the Robins chuckling in my yard. They're letting me know that they're happy to be here.

    Sunflower houses are great for the children. At one of my gardens I had so many visitors we had to build a framework shaped like a house. It was 1X1" redwood with box wire all over it. It even had a peaked roof. Anyhow, I planted sunflowers and morning glories and threw in a few gourd seeds. WOW, what a winner it turned out to be. Also outfitted it with short tree stumps for kid-sized tables and chairs. Wonderful!

    You're lucky to have little helpers. I have my grands and their presence gives my garden ever more life force.

    Joyous day,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  32. What a wonderful spectacle to watch. I love watching birds taking a bath. The side view of the robin is just so beautiful.

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  33. Hello Catherine,
    Aren't they wonderful? And as you say 'who needs television'? We seldom watch anymore; in fact have only been to 2 movies in the past 4 years. lol There is so much to do and so little time. ;) Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  34. Yes! I'll take bird watching over TV any day! Your pics of birds are always so amazing! I can't wait for the first robin to show up around where I am. Spring is coming! Whoo Hoo! :)

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  35. Bird watching is the most relaxing part of my day! I am lucky to have a kitchen which opens into the back garden so I watch them while cooking too!

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  36. Your photos are such a welcome respite from winter Catherine. From the new buds to the robins, it just looks so fresh and welcoming. I couldn't help but notice all the stuff in your birdbath ~ do the birds like that? It looks like stones & floats?? I've never put anything in mine ~ thinking it would get in the way.

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  37. American robins are very different to British ones, I never realised it until very recently!

    I've been catching up on your posts and,gosh, you have been busy! I'm very impressed with all your hard work! It's been WAY too snowy, wet and cold here to do anything useful - it's still sitting at around zero and has been raining pretty solidly for days ....when it's not been snowing!

    I'm longing to feel some sun on my face!

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  38. We've never really had many robins in our yard until this past year. I am now seeing more and more of them. They love the soggy ground as it is easy for them to pluck a worm! At least something is taking advantage of our soggy ground :-)

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  39. Kathleen - There are a couple of rocks in the birdbath because it's a deeper one. The little birds sit on them to drink sometimes. The floats I just added that day and didn't seem to bother the Robins at all since it's a fairly big one there's still lots of room to splash around.

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  40. Indeed Catherine who would want to watch a tv screen when you could watch nature. No choice in my book.

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  41. Great Robin shots Catherine! They are hardy souls for there is a large flock here for the winter. I never see them bathing though. ;>)

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  42. Yes, birds are fun to watch. I enjoyed watching yours, since ours aren't here yet. What a character!

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  43. What a treat to watch the robin's antics. Your photos are truly delightful. Thanks for sharing them.
    I can't wait to see our robins return.

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  44. I loved these shots..thanks for sharing them...stunning!

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  45. Too cute for words! Wow, your camera has a fast shutter speed! Sharp and funny. You're right, nature is so much more entertaining than TV. At least in the daytime, when we can see it! I also love the robin's song, cheerily-cheery-up-cheerio!

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  46. Lovely, lovely shots of your birds. The joy of having that spring-bath:-)

    Greetings! H.

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