Bird #521 — European Robin

erithacus (winter bird that changed into the redstart in summer) rubecula (red breast)

Tuesday, April 18, 2019 — 6:20 pm

Böblingen, Germany — Alter Friedhof (Old Cemetery)

This was a bird I really was hoping to see. It hopped onto a bare branch in a large bush and sang its disjointed jumble of a song. After a minute or so, it disappeared into the bush. Early settlers in North America gave the American Robin its name because its orange breast reminded them of this European bird.

I also saw Robins on the two mornings I walked through the woods by Panzer Kaserne. On the last day, two of them seemed to be following me, flying through the woods and singing not far off for 15 minutes or so.

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