Fledgling Robin in the Yard, 06-29-18

In the late afternoon, when I was outside in the backyard with the dog, I saw something sitting in the branches of the mulberry tree. On closer inspection, I realized it was fledgling Robin! I went back into the house, got my camera, and rushed back out to get some photos of it. I was hoping that its mama would come by to feed it, but no such luck. The fledgling got tired of waiting for her, too, and periodically squatted down on its haunches to rest. So cute. I hope it does okay.

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Mary K. Hanson is a breast cancer survivor who, at age 61, took coursework to become a Certified California Naturalist. The author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout”™ blog, Ms. Hanson has also written nature-based feature articles published in regional newspapers, authored over ten books, including her "Cool Stuff Along the American" series of guide books, and has had her photographs featured in books, articles, calendars, on the American River Parkway Foundation’s Instagram stream, and even the White House blog. This year Ms. Hanson is helping to launch and teach a new Certified California Naturalist course through Tuleyome, in partnership with the University of California and the Woodland Library, so members of the public can themselves become certified as naturalists in the state. All of the photos seen on her website were taken by Ms. Hanson herself (unless noted otherwise) with moderate- to low-end photographic equipment more easily affordable to the everyday nature enthusiast. She also occasionally leads photo-walks through the American River Bend Park for the public and is sometimes available for public speaking.