Eastern Yellow Robins at the Bird Bath

March 4th, 2013, 11am

When the Eastern Yellow Robin arrives in our garden, usually in Autumn, we often see its sleek yellow, wren-size, form bobbing about looking for insects and spiders, but after a bath (see above), its body becomes a little puff ball, no more sleek than a lemon. Of course, not all of our wild bird species are attracted by the bird bath, yet it is amazing how many do spend a little time there, especially of course in dry weather.

One would not say that their call is melodious, in fact it is rather piercing for such a small bird. Song of the Eastern Yellow Robin

The bird is fairly common in its habitat, sometimes even in towns and backyards. Still, I was surprised to discover that Youtube has several film clips of this bird in action. Here is a film that shows a pair of them cavorting, unusually, in the deep water of a barrel. Most birds prefer the shallow of a bird bath with a broad rim.

A footnote for our friends overseas: We get three Robins in our neck of the woods: the Flame, Scarlet and Eastern Yellow. None of them are related to the European Robin or the American Robin.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (http://www.cimarron.com.au)

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