Robins are in the chat and thrush family. The American robin is more of a thrush (the largest thrush in North America) and the European robin is more of a chat.
We occasionally post pictures of both kinds of robins and thought a comparative post could be helpful.
They shit everywhere, Canadian Robin.
Just a reminder:the natural diet of these birds is BONES. Not just bone marrow; actual bone shards. They pick up huge freaking bones from carcasses and drop them onto rocks until they get spiky pieces and then they swallow them. Their stomach acid dissolves bone. Also fact: when sufficiently threatened, they’ve been observed to deliberately puke on the threat.
That is the most metal thing i have ever heard in my life
it’s scientific name translates into “Satan’s canary”
I can see how this animal could have spawned dragon mythology in our early ancestors.
It’s not a myth! Dragons are real! You’re not my real father!
This is what’s left of the House Finch nest that was safely perched under the awning above my back patio.
I’ve spent all spring watching Mrs. Finch build that nest while Mr. Finch stood guard, and then sometime last week Mrs. Finch sat herself down and laid some eggs, and there she stayed, except she’d freak out and fly away anytime I walked past my kitchen window or went out back. But generally, she was there resting comfortably.
On Saturday I noticed some unidentified birds (slightly larger than the Finches, brown/tan/white, black throat) flying under the awning and disturbing the peace while Mr. Finch sat on his post chirping at them and flying towards them to try to scare them away. They generally didn’t stick around for more than a few minutes.
I can only assume those assholes attacked while I was at work today. They’re the prime suspects, though some research has shown that Crows are also predators of songbird eggs, and there are plenty of crows around. Three eggs were broken. One egg is in tact but with no nest there’s no chance of survival. This makes me sad.
VALENTINE’S DAY ANGRY BIRDS