Illustrator Christina Mattison Ebert shares depictions and information on coastal birds
There aren’t many species of birds in North America as ubiquitous as the American robin. We readily recognize the robin’s brilliant orange breast feathers and bright blue eggshells, often interpreting these avian visual cues as harbingers of spring. Although robins are common, their habits sometimes deviate from classic bird behavior. For example, if you want to attract robins to your yard, step away from the bird feeder and start planting some shrubs. Robins aren’t fans of birdseed — they largely are ground foragers, running around in grass and near bushes to scope out earthworms and berries.
FUN FACT: A myth of the Miwok Native American people holds that a robin’s breast is red because a robin named Wit-tah-bah once protected a tribe’s fire from being stolen by spreading its wings and leaning its chest over the flames.