|Robin Migration Update: March 27, 2012||
changes we've seen during the month of March! A robin chorus now sings
across the United States and from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia in Canada. The rush for real estate is on: Find out if your neighborhood has what a robin seeks in a topnotch territory.
This Week's Update Includes:
|Image of the Week|
|News: What's Happening Now & What to Watch For|
Spring appears to be on "fast forward" this year. Robins pushed north into Canada as an early heat wave continued. This week robins sang from Saskatchewan to New Brunswick. A college student in Saskatchewan (50.28N, -107.80W) wrote on March 25: "I'm minding my own business and just couldn't ignore this Robin singing while perched on a tall tree. I think he's trying to tell us that Spring has arrived!" Females are arriving in other places further south.
What to Watch For
So, if you see a flying ball of litter, it may be a robin flying with nesting materials in its beak! Also watch for a female robin with muddy feathers. These are signs that robins have begun to build their nest and plan to raise a family in your neighborhood. The Robin Checklist for Spring Observations lists what to watch for as this exciting season unfolds.
Listen, Too! If you've seen your first robins,
be sure to keep listening for the robin's territorial song so
you can report it for the map. The best time to hear this song
is around sunrise and sunset.
|Slideshow: Will a Robin Choose Your Neighborhood?|
|Forget the worm; the early bird gets the best territory. A male robin wants the best possible territory for his mate and babies. What important robin activities happen in a territory? What does a robin look for when choosing a territory in spring? How will you know if a robin has claimed your backyard or schoolyard for its territory?
Wonder, read and learn:
|Research: What Do Robins Notice?|
|What are at least five things that a robin looks for as it flies above in search of a good territory?|
|Latest Maps & Journal: Where Are Robins Now?|
| These maps show where people have reported robins and earthworms. Patterns emerge as citizen scientists report their observations. Journal: What do you notice this week as you compare where robins are singing today with a year ago? Why?
|The next Robin migration update will be posted on April 3, 2012.|