In true Project Noah fashion, I thought I would start a spotting of the week to feed my (and yours I hope as well) love of nature. Even though I am done with school (for now), I never tire of learning and experiencing new things.
What’s so great about nature photography is that it’s a constant research project. You reap all the benefits of feeling like you are in school and constantly progressing in a field that you (hopefully) enjoy, except that there’s no deadline for homework and no stressing over grades.
With a little bit of help of fellow Project Noah contributors and my best friend Google, I can find out the common and scientific names for any bird, plant, fish or insect that you can imagine and gain a huge wealth of knowledge about them and their surroundings. Now that I am more aware of what is living (and hiding) nearby, I’ve been tremendously surprised and fascinated at the spottings I’ve discovered!
I’m excited to share them and I hope that you’ll enjoy learning something with me along the way.
I found these chicks in a tree about 10 ft up in Orem, Utah next to the Provo River.
Common Name: American Robin Chicks
Scientific Name: Turdus migratorius
Habitat: The American Robin is widely distributed throughout North America, wintering from southern Canada to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast. It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
The nest is most commonly located 1.5–4.5 meters (5–15 ft) above the ground in a dense bush or in a fork between two tree branches, and is built by the female alone. The outer foundation consists of long coarse grass, twigs, paper, and feathers. This is lined with smeared mud and cushioned with fine grass or other soft materials
Fun Facts: The chicks are fed worms, insects, and berries. Waste accumulation does not occur in the nest because adults collect and take it away. Chicks are fed, and then raise tails for elimination of waste, a solid white clump that is collected by a parent prior to flying off (I saw this several times and wondered what the parent bird was doing)
Many people ask if a baby bird will be rejected if a person handles the baby and the bird parents smell the human. This is just an “old wives’” tale. Baby birds are NOT rejected by their parents if a person handles them. In fact, most birds have a very poor sense of smell.
If you find a baby bird and the parents have not come back for several hours check out this site for some great tips: http://www.rainbowwildlife.com/baby-bird.htm