Written by: Brian Neudorff
Since about mid February we get the occasional email and even blog comment about the number of robins being spotted. The emails are always so upbeat and excited and telling us the number of robins they see, but do the number of robins being seen before spring indicate an early or warmer spring?
No, they are not. Although we all grew up believing that all birds fly south for the winter that is not true about the American Robin. It is a hardy and adaptable bird comfortable in just about any habitat which North America can provide. Many will find shelter in area woods or garden beds to stay warm and find some food. In the winter they will eat old berries off trees and on the ground. We see them on days when it is sunny and even when there open ground.
From what I have learned many robins do migrate south but they don't like to take long journeys so some of the robins in Canada may migrate to our backyards. It's a nice thought that the first robin seen in the winter equals the arrival of spring but it may be a straggler or a robin that migrated from our neighbors to the north.
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