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Robin Migration Update: March 25, 2014
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Slow and steady migration continues and robin song is finally on the rise! This week's slideshow celebrates what robins do in spring.

Report Includes:

Image of the Week
orthern robin eating berry in early spring

Spring at Last

Photo: Maureen Sholly
News: Song is on the Rise

Average latitude for sightings increased to 43.52 this week from 42.12 last week, showing slow and steady migration even in the still-cold north. Here's better news: Nearly half of the 61 song reports we've received this year have come in the last two weeks. Robin song is on the rise!

  • "Stepped outside on our first 60-degree day of the year and heard a robin SINGING!"
    West Lawn, PA (March 12, 2014)
  • "Many robins singing (territorial type) and calling before sunrise. Willmar, MN (March 23)

Spring Behaviors
The calendar turned to spring—and sure enough, observers reported seeing spring behaviors!

  • "I saw seven robins fly into a crabapple tree—first day of spring and my first robins of the year."
    Minneapolis, MN (March 20, 2014)

  • "The robin was weaving bits of string into her nest. She looked like she was about finished."
    Bala Cynwyd, PA (March 20, 2014)

  • "Two robins claiming the white pine in front. Lots of twigs on the ground under the tree today. Hope they are building a nest!"
    Kirkwood, MO (March 17, 2014)

 

 

map of weather outlook
Map: Paul Douglas
Still Cold
 
Photo: Jean Bartlett
Food Hunt
 
Photo: Kim Yardy
Passing Through?

 

Slideshow: Hello, Robins! Hello, Spring!

Give spring a welcome and explore the essential question: What are robins doing in our backyards?

Cover of Booklet
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: April 1, 2014

 

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