Reports from Citizen Scientists
It looks like every robin in North America is in my yard.
to 100 robins in our garden, scavenging in the winter debris.
(Our garden is approx. 20 x 20 in size.)
the edge of a robin wave, about 100+ in our side yard this afternoon
a small mix of a few cedar waxwings. I expect a larger group tomorrow.
They come yearly to eat our palm berries. They are about 2 weeks "later" than
of Robins in my backyard trees this morning. They came about
this time last year too. I never see Robins here in Florida,
except this spring migration.
annual migration wave of robins going north after the winter
occurred here yesterday, 2/10/11. It is clear they stop here
mostly because of the vast amounts of berries we have at this
time on the camphor trees. We have only detected in this wave,
the males. Do the females travel separately, or are we just not
seeing them as they lack the distinctive color? (The robins seem
to stay mostly at the top of the tall trees where most of the
berries seem to be. They are VERY noisy - a kind of cheeping
The robins are starting to wander around the state
in very large numbers now and are very vocal. About 1,000 have
traveling around my 'hood eating primarily Cherry Laurel berries
along with about 30 Cedar Waxwings. So far I have heard one
bird actually attempt to do a semblance of a song, a bit short
yet, but it won't be long.
were quite low on the Christmas Bird Counts in our state but
now everyone is reporting how many robins they are seeing.
is that robins aren't in really huge flocks until they start gathering
in numbers to hunt food for the journey north: More
eyes find more food.
observed a large wave of robins, well over 100 birds—the
first robin sighting we have seen this spring. We have never seen
a wave this large, it was a great experience. Many birds were in
the water bathing; others were in our Live Oak trees and the sky
was filled with birds. Their breasts were of brighter orange than
usual. They were quite plump and healthy looking. This was a sighting
I shall always remember.
Look for more descriptions of flocking behaviors.