June 07, 2006
A common bird
If we bother to stop and look at our common birds we would see different behaviours, plumages and songs.
This young robin has a mottled breast rather than the full orange/red of a mature bird.
Birds are like people, they can have regional dialects and accents.
When my wife and I had just started birding we were in South Carolina on one of the barrier islands.
We saw a bird that seemed familiar but we couldn't place it. The song was tickling our memories but it wasn’t a song we could identify.
After following the bird for 30 minutes we realized it was an immature robin with an accent, y'all.
Nobody takes 30 minutes to id a robin so it became a Black Headed Red Breasted American Thrush which is a totally different matter.