Alaska Science Forum: The northern boreal bird nursery

...river. The mother's scolding peeps hurt our ears. We moved on.Jones is the most frequent nest-finder, specializing in robins with newborn chicks that reach with open beaks to his camera lens. Near a nest in a tangle of spruce branches, the mother...
On the Trails: Being a flower

...False hellebore (also known as "corn lily") was just poking up above the ground in snow-free areas, and fox sparrows and robins were singing. Yellow-flowered Cooley's buttercup (now known as Cooley's false buttercup) was something we especially...
On the Trails: Visiting Gustavus

...a pygmy owl, "tu-tu-tu-ing" in the trees. A male robin carried a beakful of worms to his chicks, proving that the robins thought it was spring despite the raw, cold weather.Another treat was the opportunity to watch three river otters exploring...
Flocks of robins ready for migration south berries, draw noisy flocks of robins. The birds are packing in food as they...migration south. Just as the arrival of robins in Alaska is a sign of spring, these congregations of robins prior to migration is a sign that autumn...
Albino robin shows up at raptor center eyes was delivered to a Juneau Raptor Center volunteer's home. The person that delivered the bird said there were adult robins close to where this bird was found. The bird was quiet when first brought to JRC, but after it made its first sounds, it...
Bird Bits: Unusual robins

...leucistic American Robin" is a bird with all white plumage. Juneau spring birders have spotted several piebald American Robins. Is the coloration difference a problem to the bird? Could be. The pictured bird lacks strong camouflage and may be easy...
On the Trails: As winter falls away, bears, hooters, mountain goats appear again

...their calls are more varied than in winter, or so it seems. Hooters (sooty grouse) are heard again on the hillsides. The robins are back, but I have yet to hear their song. The red-breasted sapsuckers are here, checking out snags and light posts...
On the Trails: Regurgitation! germinate, but those we found out on the sand beach were doomed to be washed out by the tides. Smaller birds, such as robins, can selectively discard large seeds after swallowing the whole fruit, allowing smaller seeds to pass through the gut. Seeds...
Perseverance Trail in mid-May

...Last Chance Basin were well leafed-out in golden-green, robins were nest building and singing, and my favorite yellow violets...called from the hillsides. In the deciduous stands were American robins, fox sparrows, myrtle warblers, and orange-crowned warblers...
Cavity nesters know how to stay safe

Most of our local breeding birds build open-cup nests, more or less like deep saucers with no roof. Robins, mallards, hummingbirds, warblers, and sparrows are examples of open-cup nesters. In contrast, some of our local birds...


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