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Robin Migration Update: March 11, 2014
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Flocks are starting to break up, with sightings of FIRST robins almost equal to sightings of WAVES as spring nears. Meet our Northern Observation Posts. When will they see robins?

Report Includes:

Image of the Week

Listen for Song!

Photo: Christina Westley
News: Moving Northward

Big flocks are still moving through some southern states, such as Texas and Missouri. Observers reported about equal numbers of WAVE and FIRST reports in the last two weeks; many huge waves have broken up into smaller flocks, and smaller flocks are breaking up as individual birds start looking for territories. SINGING reports are still fewest, but on the rise. Robins are homeward bound!

 
Wave Reports
First Reports
4 weeks ago
136 (0 Canadian)
80 (3 Canadian)
2 weeks ago
94 (2 Canadian)
94 (9 Canadian)
This week
47 (4 Canadian)
43 (4 Canadian)

Switching to Spring
The see-saw weather battle between winter and spring continues, but the switch is underway. As temps rise, snowmelt and rain soften the soil and earthworms emerge. More robins have been switching from their winter diet of berries to their spring diet of worms.

  • "It's a rainy day. At least a hundred or more robins landed to feed in my yard." Annabelle T., Pipe Creek, Texas (March 9, 2014)
  • Twelve robins along the road shoulder just east of the orchard. James H., Norwich, NY March 7, 2014)
  • There are two, maybe three, robins singing. Also, I am not seeing the huge robin waves anymore." Wilda W.., Bonham, Texas, (March 8, 2014)
Robin pulling worm from soil
Photo: Jack Moskovita
Fresh Food
 
Robin on bare patch of ground
Photo: Elizabeth Howard
Robins and Rain
 
Robin hunts for worms in a snow-melt area.
Photo: H. Nofz
Worm-Hunting Zone
 
Spotlight: Northern Observation Posts

Keep an eye on the Northern Observation Posts (NOPs), the 16 yellow stars on our maps. Thanks to citizen scientists at these sites, we'll continue to have migration sightings as robins cross the map even in regions where fewer people live. Have any NOPs seen or heard their first robin?

 

Student in Innoko River School, Alaska, by bird feeder, ready to spread peanut butter for birds to eat.
Photo: Tom Ernst
Maps: Report Your Sightings
Robin Migration: What to Report Robin Migration Map: First Robin Robin Migration Map: Waves of Robins
What to Report First Seen
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Waves
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Robin migration map: First robins heard singing Robin Nesting Behavior Earthworm migration map
Singing
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Nesting
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Earthworms
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Next Update: March 18, 2014

 

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