In late May, I started using Merlin Bird ID to identity photograph the birds in my backyard and the nearby woods. In the past, I’ve used the Merlin ID app to identify bird calls while on forest walks and hikes, but up until now, I’ve never used it as part of my photography experiences.
Various birds frequent the bird feeder I hung in the backyard several years ago. I’ve had fun identifying and photographing the birds that are attracted to the feeder, but the app has also identified birds that I do not see at the feeder.
American Robins are early risers which often come to bird feeders. They has a distinctive orange breast, melodious song, and display foraging behaviour, particularly pulling out earthworms from the ground. I usually see them hopping around in the dirt patches on the lawn. While they are commonly seen in urban areas, they also thrive in natural habitats such as mountain forests and the Alaskan wilderness.
Some of the robins make nests in the spaces between the side of the house and the bends in the downspout of the gutters. It works well, but occasionally, a bird will get stuck inside the downspout. The homeowners association is usually responsive to letting the bird out.