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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Robin Migration


American Robins are now migrating through our property, Bobolink Farm, in large numbers. We love to watch them flying in the early morning when they're illuminated by the sun. They often stop on our property because we have so many berry producing shrubs here.

Robins can sometimes stay in more northern areas as long as there are berries available. People are often suprised to see them during the colder months. When berries diminish and extremely severe weather moves in they will go farther south. We go to Sanibel Island, FL in winter and have seen thousands of robins wintering there, often eating the fruits of the native palm trees.

We kinda hate to see them go because it means winter is coming to NH. But we know we will experience the thrill of seeing the first robin return in the spring.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

be happy - the robins are already here in mobile alabama - weeks earlier than usual. we see them for a few weeks and then they are gone north. my kids don't even know what robins are, they are so rare.

Becca said...

They are in my backyard in Pensacola,Florida...covering our trees and lawn! Are there more this year for some reason? I don't recall ever seeing so many!

Anonymous said...

Liane said We have hundreds of robins in our bamboo here in New Jersey, I don't know what they are eating, but they roost here every night, What a sound they make! It was 4 degrees here this morning.

Anonymous said...

This is strange as i live in western pa and its cold with ice and snow all over the place right now 3-4 08 and there must have been at least 500 of them in my back yard the other day, this is the first i seen them this year, but never so many in one local spot, looked like they were eating small pices of bread that a person pitched out the window, they sure could not have been eating worms as the ground is still frozen solid and no bugs either, i did notice they were not singing.

Anonymous said...

My yard here in Cocoa FL was blanketed by the robins on Jan 21, 2009 -- we're having freezing weather here this week (very unusual) and, of course, it is terribly cold "up north." Usually, I don't see them returning north until later in the year. With night time temps in the 20s here, the robins must be confused!

MrBassMan said...

For the second time this month (January) we've seen robins in the trees in yard here in northern Mass. We've never seen robins during the winter before. I wonder whether robins' migratory patterns changing, or is it just the luck of the draw to have spotted stragglers this year?

Anonymous said...

There's a large flock of robins around my house and nearby fields here in LaFayetter, NY. Years ago we had a similar phenomenon in mid January but the ground was open then. Now things are pretty snow covered but they are finding clear places under trees and in the culvert to enjoy.