Robin Feeding Chick Salmon Fly
$100.00 – $1,500.00
A common member of the thrush family, the American robin can be seen in most of North America. It eats earthworms, insects, and berries. In mid June one year I came across this juvenile huddled on a low cottonwood branch. It was content to sit and wait for its mom to bring it insects. Its mom appeared about every five minutes with a beak full of food: spiders, mayflies, or a mashed-up bug of some type. The chick fluttered its wings and dropped its head down while pointing its open mouth toward mom. Quickly stuffing a beak full of food down junior’s red throat, the adult would wait a few seconds to watch the chick swallow everything and then fly away to find more food. She came this time with a salmon fly, a large type of stone fly that lives all of its life under water except for its last few days when it emerges from the stream and flies around to locate other salmon flies, mate, lay eggs and then die. An orange salmon fly is up to three inches long, and this one was a difficult mouthful for the chick to eat. The chick was willing, but the insect kept sticking out all over the place; legs, wings, feet, and the orange abdomen would snag on the chick’s beak as mom kept taking the giant insect back to reposition it. Finally mom got the salmon fly pointed head first down the chick’s throat and watched as several slow swallows made it disappear.