R is for Robin {Blogging Through the Alphabet}

One of the most common signs of spring in the northern parts of North America is the return of the robin. Here in Florida we see large flocks of them late fall and late winter. It's fun to watch them fly overhead in such large flocks.

Image by David Mark from Pixabay

Some cool facts about robins (from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology):

Although robins are considered harbingers of spring, many American Robins spend the whole winter in their breeding range. But because they spend more time roosting in trees and less time in your yard, you're much less likely to see them. The number of robins present in the northern parts of the range varies each year with the local conditions.

Robin roosts can be huge, sometimes including a quarter-million birds during winter. In summer, females sleep at their nests and males gather at roosts. As young robins become independent, they join the males. Female adults go to the roosts only after they have finished nesting.

Robins eat different types of food depending on the time of day: more earthworms in the morning and more fruit later in the day. Because the robin forages largely on lawns, it is vulnerable to pesticide poisoning and can be an important indicator of chemical pollution.

Robins eat a lot of fruit in fall and winter. When they eat honeysuckle berries exclusively, they sometimes become intoxicated.

I hope you've learned a little something new about the American Robin. I know I love hearing them when they are around.

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  1. we look for our robins every spring. We have two breeding pairs that grace our yard.

  2. We have them in our yard all the time. My daughter loves watching them hunt around for insects and food.


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