Beaumont Birdie Passport
Birthdate: December 20
Currently Resides: John Jay French Museum
Surveying with his beak tilted, he bounds across the park
Catching up to his flock, eating berries off the bark.
A songbird with a yellow bill, and black streaks on his throat,
You can’t miss Johnny’s big belly and his rusty coat
Did you know? With the breakup of flocks prior to the nesting season, when northerners see their "first robin of spring," it may be a bird that has wintered only a few miles away, not one that has just arrived from southern climates.
American Robins are fairly large songbirds with a large, round body, long legs, and fairly long tail. Robins are the largest North American thrushes, and their profile offers a good chance to learn the basic shape of most thrushes. American Robins are industrious and authoritarian birds that bound across lawns or stand erect, beak tilted upward, to survey their environs. When alighting they habitually flick their tails downward several times. In fall and winter they form large flocks and gather in trees to roost or eat berries.
Migrates in flocks, often by day. Although some robins winter as far north as Canada, they are in localized concentrations then. The Robin's rich caroling is among the earliest bird songs heard at dawn in spring and summer, often beginning just before first light. In fall and winter, robins may gather by the hundreds in roaming flocks, concentrating at sources of food.
John Jay French Museum
The John Jay French home is the oldest house in Beaumont that has been restored to its original state. Built in 1845, the home has the distinction of being one of the first two-story homes, one of the first made with milled lumber, and one of the first painted homes in the area.
The John Jay French Museum demonstrates the life of a prosperous Texas pioneer family from 1845-1865. The historic pioneer settlement, built by John Jay French, tanner and merchant, is furnished with antique furnishings, clothing, and pioneer household utensils from the period. Outbuildings on the grounds include a blacksmith shop, tannery, privy, and smokehouse. Learn More
Open Tuesday through Friday 10 am- 3 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
Reservations required for group and school tours.
5 years and over: $5.00
4 years and under: Free
School Group Tours: $1 per student (advanced notice required)