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American Robin

Turdus migratorius


These medium-sized birds are easiest to see in winter flocks in the magnolia trees around the library.  They are also common in the treetops in the formal gardens.  Listen for their cheerily-cherio-cherio-cheerily song, and for their evening chuckle as they settle down for the evening.

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American Robin


Embered chests, 

white-spectacled eyes, 

almost pests, 

they cloud the skies 

and the ground 

with their red 

and gray-brown. 

They have spread 

and even moved 

over the toyon, 

and they have proved 

on this dry, dead lawn 

that spring can be here,

breaking winter's hold; 

with their cheery chirr chirr 

they banish the cold 

Photo Credit: Carrie Steingruber

Alan Sparkman (1)

Photo Credit: Carrie Steingruber (2),

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