Four Weeks Red Robin

 The Robin Family: Timelapse Study

Click on the link above (Robin) or the stated link below to a video featuring four weeks in the life of a family of Robins.  Maybe I'm easy, but to me, it's like short snapshot of our lives.  We get out of school, get married, have kids, they leave home, and we become 'empty-nesters.'  I especially like the last scene showihng a surprised parent.

Click on the link below (Note that you will leave our site):

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9479342&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

   

Thanks to Michael Kocher who sent me the video.
 
Summary of the American Robin.
 
 
American Robin
 
American Robin - The American Robin is 25-28 cm (10-11 in) long. It has gray upperparts and head, and orange underparts, usually brighter in the male; the similarity between this coloring and that of the smaller and unrelated European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) led to its common name.
 
 
There are seven races, but only T. m. confinus in the southwest is particularly distinctive, with pale gray-brown underparts. During the breeding season, the adult males grow distinctive black feathers on their heads; after the breeding season they lose this eye-catching plumage.
This bird breeds throughout Canada and the United States.
 
 
While Robins occasionally overwinter in the northern part of the United States and southern Canada, most winter in the southern parts of the breeding range and beyond, from the southern U.S.A. to Guatemala. Most depart south by the end of August and begin to return north in February and March. (Exact dates vary with latitude and climate, of course.)
 
 
As with many migratory birds, the males return to the summer breeding grounds before the females and compete with each other for nesting sites. The females then select mates based on the males' songs, plumage, and territory quality.
 
The females build the nest and lay three or four blue eggs in the lined cup. Incubation, almost entirely by the female is 11-14 days to hatching, with another 15-16 days to fledging. Two broods in a season are common.
 
 
The American Robin's habitat is all sorts of woodland and more open farmland and urban areas. Food is the typical thrush mixture of insects, earthworms, and berries. Robins are frequently seen running across lawns, picking up earthworms by sight or sound. This is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
 

 (Attacking Mirror Robin in Red Robin's Territory)