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Naturalist Notebook 

March 13, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

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Photo: George W. Robinson © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?


Here are some hints:

  • This animal is common throughout North America.
  • Many of the young of this species don’t survive their first year. Of those that do, they generally live 5 or 6 years.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, March 18th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 3:33 pm

11 Comments »

  1. I say it’s a bird!

    Comment by Be Green — March 15, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  2. An owl!

    Comment by Jessalyn — March 15, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

  3. its a wren!

    Comment by ava — March 15, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

  4. Burrowing Owl

    Comment by Sarah — March 15, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

  5. By the eyes I’d say songbird, seems sparrow-like. I wanna say CA Towhee, but common throughout N America? Hmmm.

    Comment by Adam — March 15, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  6. cordilleran flycatcher

    Comment by Zoe — March 15, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

  7. Robin

    Comment by Josh Morris — March 15, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  8. It’s a Sparrow!

    Comment by Natalia — March 15, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

  9. I’m guessing the North American Robin(Turdus migratorius)

    Comment by Adam Ehrenfeuchter — March 16, 2012 @ 12:58 am

  10. Thanks for all of your insightful guesses! Those of you who said American robin (Turdus migratorius) were correct! This was a young robin, which made it a little trickier. To find out more about American robins, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — March 18, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

  11. Thanks for your interest!

    Comment by nature — September 2, 2012 @ 9:33 am

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