Update: February 19, 2008
Your Sightings! >>
Robin in winter?
How can you tell?
Maps, Questions, Highlights
Are American Robins in February 2008?
Winter Robin Round-up results are in! These "snapshot"
maps show what you told us: From Alaska to Florida and California
to Nova Scotia, robins are feeding, flocking, and flying. A few
robins are already singing! Are you surprised?
migration can seem a bit confusing. As we begin the season, find
out some facts about robin migration and learn why we make three
different maps to track their travels:
patterns do you notice? >>
|Discover: What's Temperature Got to Do With It?
a Temperature Theory >>
observations made us say WOW! Take a look:
of robins have swooped into our little neighborhood this afternoon.
What an incredible sight! (Palm Coast, FL)
- I had to slow my car when turning on to my
street; the little one-lane
road, as well as
the yards on both sides of the street were covered with robins.
It has been a very strange weather year. I wonder how this affects
- I've never really seen robins here before, but in the past
week I've had a hundred give or take every day feeding in my yard. They
are feeding in Camphor trees on berries. They cover the trees and ground.
as much as possible is the goal. (Tallahassee, FL)
- Lots of robins showed up between big winter storms here; males fighting
in the bushes; berry bush in the front yard was picked almost clean just
this morning. (CA)
the robins? An age-old theory about robin migration says that robins
arrive in an
the average temperature is 36 degree F. Is it accurate?
test the theory yourselves? >>
|To test whether robins
seem to travel with average temperatures of 36 degrees, first find out
when robins generally return to your region each spring. Begin the study
about a month before their average arrival date.
early January 2008, we have observed thousands of robins roosting in
our neighborhood. Every morning after sun-up, they head south and are
all day. They roost in pine and oak trees near our house."
Question: What would a robin say?
Robin Dictionary >>
|"The Robins I heard were giving
the Peek, Tut, and Zeeup calls," reported
an observer this week. Can you translate robin-speak? Dig
into our Robin Dictionary for
help. Then name the call that a robin would use to "say" each
of these things:
these berries delicious? What a great day. Off we go into the wild
watch out! Here comes a hawk!"
sweetie! Check out MY yard! Wouldn't this be a great place to raise
Wouldn't I make a great father to your babies?"
Ready: Can You Name That Tune?
is the sign we're looking for. "I
heard him before I saw him. It was a male, at the top of a holly tree,
singing the territorial robin song.)"
far, only a few robins have begun to sing. Get
ready so you can be as certain as this observer! Our sound recordings
help you recognize six common vocalizations robins make. Then listen
calls in scrambled order and see if you can…
More Robin Resources to Explore
About Journey North's Robin Migration Study >>
Where Are our Robins? >>
- Contributing: Report
Your Robin Sightings >>
- Observing: Winter
Robins: Six Photo Studies >>
(Lesson): Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration >>
Next American Robin Migration Update Will Be Posted on *March 4,
2008 (*data only).