An Extraordinary Ordinary Bird

Today is my one year “bloggaversary!”

When I started this site, I had no idea how much I would enjoy it. I hadn’t planned on being a backyard bird blogger. To be honest, I was in the midst of one of those rough seasons of life that we all experience, and found that going outside and taking pictures of the birds nourished my soul. It reminded me that if God cared for them, then He would surely take care of me too. Before long, I found that taking a picture without sharing it felt incomplete. I thought, “Hey, if these pictures bless me, then maybe they will bless someone else too.” So, although this blog started off as a gift from God to me; I hope that along the way it has been a gift to you too.

So, what does one blog about on their one year milestone? Something ordinary? Something extraordinary? I opted for both…an extraordinary, ordinary bird!

For the past couple of weeks an American Robin has been hanging around my backyard. What could be more ordinary than that, right? Well, this fellow looks like he has been in a battle with a bottle of Clorox and come out on the losing end. See what I mean?


Turns out this is an albino robin – not a full one, but a partial one. I think he looks amazingly cool, sort of like the stone wash jeans I had in highschool.

Since he was kind enough to pose in every which direction, we can see that his left side is far less splotched than his right.


He also gave us a lovely rear view, which displays a solid white tail feather. I foresee a modeling career in his future, as he seemed to enjoy this little photo shoot.


Every once in awhile a brisk breeze would blow and he would puff up his feathers, making himself quite fluffy and fat. Personally, I think he looks rather regal.


Just before he flew off, this piebald bird (that’s for all you word nerds) gave me one last look at his left side.


I’m so glad he showed up to help celebrate my bloggaversary!

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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15 Responses to An Extraordinary Ordinary Bird

  1. Cheryl Blackburn says:

    Happy Blogaversary! I have enjoyed your photos and the information you share and have referred many people to your blog.

  2. Enjoyed your “Albino Robin” story and pics. Good looking bird! We have been blessed by your beautiful bird photos.


  3. avian101 says:

    Nice pictures Kathy! I have a link about the Leucism that explains this birds spotty look. 🙂

  4. kathydoremus says:

    Thanks HJ…I’ll check it out.

  5. Hello Kathy,
    What a nice way to start my morning!
    Happy anniversary to you, and thanks for sharing this beautiful bird. He knows he’s handsome, doesn’t he? 🙂

    I started taking (and later posting) photos for similar reasons, so this post struck a chord within me. Looking forward to going on more bird adventures with you 🙂

    Best wishes,

  6. aussiebirder says:

    Thanks so much Kathy, I hear your heart, you and what you share is a blessing to me and many. It is true about the ordinary, it can be extraordinary for someone else. This little robin is for me here in Australia. We love robins, and our robins like yours are beautiful birds, but we become use to seeing them. It is like my bird of the week, the rainbow Lorikeet, we see so many of them in a day outing but think nothing, but people come from all over the world to see them. Congratulations on your wonderful blog, and thank you for dropping into mine!

  7. de Wets Wild says:

    Happy Anniversary! We look forward to many, many more!

  8. Happy Anniversary! A wonderful milestone celebrated with an excellent post and photos. Loved this exceptional, ordinary robin!!

  9. What a wonderful post. Seeing something like this beautiful and bizarre Robin should make us all pay a little bit more attention to not only the critters in our yards but to the world around us. So much lies hidden from the casual eye. Digging a bit deeper brings out so many wonders in nature, and in people, too! Happy Blogaversary. I look forward to another years of beautiful posts.

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