Robin Goes a Huntin’

This is the time of year when you see juvenile American Robins about the garden. Juveniles have a spotted breast instead of a red breast. They are cute and fun to watch, especially when they are on the hunt.

Robins like to hunt in leaf litter and lawns, which is another good reason to keep the insecticides and pesticides off your grass.


“I’m hungry.”


“How come there’s never anything to eat around here?”


“Now, that looks like it could be something to eat.”


“It IS something to eat!”


“I’m going to sneak up on it very quietly.”




“I’m still hungry.”

Hoping all of you had a fine holiday weekend. See you soon.

28 Comments on “Robin Goes a Huntin’

  1. Do you know robins eat different foods depending on the time of day? They like worms and bugs in the morning and fruit and berries in the afternoon. I think this one has it’s eye on you, but can’t figure out what food group you belong to:^)

    • I did not know that – it’s as if they save dessert for later in the day. I can tell you they are gluttons when it comes to the grape jelly I put out for the orioles.

  2. The young robin is cute. The comment above gives me new information about their eating habits: breakfast, lunch, and tea!

    • Same here, I will watch them now to see what they are eating at different times of day. These pics were indeed taken during the morning.

  3. The robins in my arborvitae have fledged also and are out on the hunt. The parents already started a new family too. Must have wanted these chicks out of the nest. They are cute and not as wary yet either.

  4. With our heat wave, the ground is hard as a rock. Wherever we water, the robins have a heyday. The way they pounce on unsuspecting worms is entertaining.

  5. Such a cute robin but nothing like our red breasted robins. They must be having a problem finding insects in the rock hard ground.

  6. Thanks so much for this post! I have never seen a juvenile robin even though we have robins aplenty in central Maine. And, yes, another good reason not to apply herbicides or pesticides to your lawn.

  7. So adorable! Like others, I’d never seen a juvenile before. Love your captions. Clearly you understand Robin body language.

  8. Hi Jason, these look very different to the British red-breasted Robins, which have been very inquisitive while I’ve been digging new sections of border. This one in the pictures seems just as playful.

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