|Robin Migration Update: April 10, 2012||
| This week's reports of singing robins were all from Canada, where robins are still arriving. See
Answers from the Robin Expert, and find out where to get help for robins in trouble as nesting season begins.
This Week's Update Includes:
|Image of the Week|
|Photo: Sandra Bedfore|
|Don't Peek! Why?|
|News: What's Happening Now & What to Watch For|
Migration news and sightings have shifted northward as robins near the finish line. This week's few reports of singing robins are all in Canada, and robins keep coming:
Which Northern Observation Posts are still waiting? Have eager students in Shageluk, Alaska (latitude 62.65 N) seen their first robin yet?
What to Watch For
In northernmost areas where robins are newly arrived, waves will break up. Where robins are singing, nesting is next. Watch for robins carrying nesting materials, building nests and laying eggs that will hatch 30 days later.
|Explore: What Senses Do Robins Use to Find Worms?|
|"Yesterday I watched a Robin pull eight worms from my yard. He would move around, stop, dip his head and pull the worm out. My question is, does the Robin hear the worm, or feel the vibration of the worm moving?"
In 1965 a scientist named Frank Heppner reported the results of his experiments to answer this question. See what he concluded, and how he did it:
|Discover: Answers from the Robin Expert|
thanks to Laura Erickson for providing her time and
expertise in responding to your questions about robins!
Now you can look for answers to these questions and
|Photo: Marie Nitke|
|Expert Answers 2012|
|Latest Maps: Where Are Robins Now?|
| These maps show where people have reported robins and earthworms. Patterns emerge as citizen scientists report their observations. Singing robins reveal the temperature patterns of North America as we hear reports of robins singing at higher latitudes and at higher elevations.
|The next Robin migration update will be posted on April 17, 2012.|