Montana Outdoors

June 18, 2013

Two Robins

American Robin

American Robin ~ Turdus migratorius

Ragged Robin, Clarkia pulchella, Pinkfairies, Deerhorn

Ragged Robin, Clarkia pulchella, Pinkfairies, Deerhorn

Ragged Robin, (AKA Clarkia pulchella, Pinkfairies, Deerhorn) ~ Clarkia pulchella


  1. I loooove the light, color, and bokeh in the American Robin photo! He (she) is just beautiful.


    Comment by Candace — June 18, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    • That was one of those shots where you just give it a try. That it came out at all is a testimony to the VR capability of the 70 – 300mm VR lens. It was hand-held at 1/15 sec. He’s a beautiful bird, isn’t he!


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

  2. They are both very, very lovely. What a strange flower robin, me first meeting, and I liked it.


    Comment by bentehaarstad — June 19, 2013 @ 2:59 am

    • Thank you Bente. That’s a rather strange flower. I first saw on just a few years ago and know of only two places here where they grow.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

  3. My favorite has to be the ragged ribin, but the photo of the flying robin couldn’t be any better.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 19, 2013 @ 4:22 am

    • Strange flower, isn’t it. They like dry hillsides of all places.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

  4. Very nice photo of the American Robin! They are very similar to our blackbirds in shape and size. And beautiful shots of the ragged robin – superb detail of all the petals and stamens!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 19, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    • Yes, they are similar. The American Robin is actually a thrush.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

  5. That lens certainly captured the robin clearly. Both robins are beautiful but I love the one of the bird with the background blurred and the subject crystal clear.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 19, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    • I’ve been very impressed with the results from that lens, but I seldom carry it with me on hikes because of its weight. And of course when I don’t carry it is when I really wish I had it.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

      • One day they’ll make them out of something very lightweight.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 19, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

        • I’m sure they will. I’m considering getting a much smaller camera to take just on the tougher hikes. I’ve been carrying about 7 lbs of camera equipment. 50 years ago that wasn’t a problem…


          Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

  6. Oh, I love this. I had no idea there’s a flower with that name. Both are gorgeous and the photos are beautiful.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 19, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    • I wonder about that name. It is listed that way in the Burke Museum site at the University of Washington, but I think it is a strictly local usage as a common name. Pretty flower though! USDA Plants calls them Pinkfairies.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

  7. Both robins are exquisite :-).


    Comment by winsomebella — June 19, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

  8. Hi Montucky, Really great pictures of both that American Robin and the flower. Have an excellent Thursday tomorrow! I so enjoy reading your blog and seeing your fine photography!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 19, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    • Thank you, wildlifewatcher! I hope you have a wonderful day too!


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

  9. The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw the flower was the staghorn fern, which is common here. Then, I saw one of its names is “deerhorn”. Of course! And who doesn’t love robins? There are people who actually will pull up youtube videos of them singing, just for the enjoyment of it. Not that I’d have direct knowledge, of course…. 😉


    Comment by shoreacres — June 19, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    • This Robin is the father of a family that was raised in a lilac just outside my window. The little ones are no longer little and have left the nest. He was a very good father!


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

  10. Your American Robin is a beautiful bird ! And so is the flower . Great photos! // Maria


    Comment by mariayarri — June 19, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

  11. Well both of Robins are beautiful, but I love more the first photo; it is incredible.


    Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    • He’s a very pretty bird, and pleasant too. I love to hear his songs.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

  12. Two lovely robins. We have a pretty fellow just like that one who every single day comes to the same post on our deck, sits there and sings a very loud song for me. It’s funny because I’m not sure if he’s trying to get our attention to fill the bird feeder or taunting our cat! After looking at your second photo, I have to ask, is that a tick or a tiny spider on the flower petal?


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 20, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    • We have been fortunate to have a yard full of Robins every summer. I can never get enough of them, especially their calls on a summer afternoon preceding a thunderstorm.
      Yes, that’s a regular old Montana wood tick, a bit of a surprise for this late in the season. I don’t remember seeing one on a flower before.


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

      • I kind of freak out when I see ticks because we have so many folks here who have been diagnosed (and suffering) from Lyme disease because of the deer ticks we have.


        Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 21, 2013 @ 8:19 am

        • We are very fortunate here that there has been none of that in the region. When I was a kid, Rocky Mountain spotted fever was the big concern and each spring we were inoculated against it. I used to hate that!


          Comment by montucky — June 21, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

  13. I don’t recall ever seeing the Robins down in Arizona…not in the city anyway…it’s so nice to see them in such profusion up here in SLC….they sing of spring and summer to my ears. And it looks like you captured a tick on the lowest petal of that first photo of the robin flower, as well…sneaky little guy.


    Comment by seekraz — June 20, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    • I don’t remember Robins in Arizona either. Sure love them here though!
      That tick was a surprise. There were plenty of them earlier this year, even more than usual I thought, but I thought they were all gone by now.


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

      • Yes, and I do love them here, as well…down in the neighborhoods of the valley and way up in the mountains.


        Comment by seekraz — June 24, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

  14. Two beautiful Robins ! I really love the photo of the American Robin, it’s superb ! A real prize winner !


    Comment by Inspired and pretty — June 20, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    • Thanks. That bird stayed here until his family had left the nest and recently they have moved on. It was nice of him to pose for me before he left!


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

  15. Beautiful! Love the American Robin! They are in Prescott in the spring. that’s a prize winning shot.


    Comment by twoscamps — June 21, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    • I think they are in Prescott just before they come up here. I don’t remember them in Phoenix though.


      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

  16. Gorgeous photos, and I learned about another robin, thanks!


    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — June 25, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    • I just found that flower a few years ago myself and I’m not sure about that name for it.


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

  17. I’d never seen the latter robin- very cool!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — July 6, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    • I had never seen it either until just a few years ago. It doesn’t seem to be very widespread here.


      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2013 @ 8:53 am

  18. Great shot of the robin and the most unusual flowers!


    Comment by dhphotosite — July 12, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

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