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A Berry Crazy Day

Updated: Sep 11, 2019

A female or immature American Robin bends over for a snack.

On January 21st, I saw hundreds of American Robins flying back and forth among the trees on campus - feasting on berries. They made quite a bit of noise. I heard wings snapping, robin "peek" calls, and quiet splats from dropping berries (and feces!).

The birds didn't seem too concerned about my presence and continued eating even when I was only a few feet away. There were also many Cedar Waxwings gorging themselves on the bright red fruit. They, too, did not seem to mind me snapping their portraits.

The robins and waxwings were also drinking and bathing in the Ganges (an irrigation canal that runs through campus). Some American Goldfinches and Dark-eyed Juncos also joined them.

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