I noticed this robin in our backyard, and at first I thought it was dirty – it seems to match the speckles in the driveway. When I put the photo on my computer, I saw the speckles were part of its body. I found this:
Q: I have in the last couple of weeks noticed a speckled bird with the other robins near my mom’s house. It looks like a robin – it has a red breast, but its back has speckles. Is it possibly a robin, and if so, how common is it to find one like that?
A: It sounds like you may be seeing a young robin—fledglings are speckled for quite a while.
I found a robin’s nest in our andromeda bush right in front of our porch. I saw the robin sitting on the nest, but she flew away when I tried to photograph her.
My daughter was the one who took a peek inside the nest and saw three little blue eggs. Ta da!
Update: two of the eggs hatched. My husband noticed this morning. Daughter got to see the robin mama fly to the nest and give her babies food. Before that, one of the babies was crying, so my daughter was thinking of looking for a worm and feeding them herself.
And here’s a weed growing by my oregano that looks like a teeny tiny daisy (is it Bellis perennis?):