Robin Migration News: April 6, 2016
By Rita Welch

Robins have reached Juneau, Alaska at 58.4 latitude. While many robins are still on the move, others have begun the nesting cycle.

"One robin. Snow on ground, -6°C," reported Bert Richards from Hamilton, Ontario on April 3rd.

Migrating, Settling, Nesting

Observers living in the northern breeding range are seeing — and hearing — more robins. The birds are broadcasting their claims to territory. Where robins are singing, nesting is next. It takes two to six days for robins to build their nest.

"Watching a robin build her nest in a crabapple tree right outside my window," wrote an observer from Decorah, Iowa on April 1st.

"Robins are gathering dead grass and tall grass leftover from fall. The twigs building part is done and she appears to be finishing up the nest," wrote Claudia from Muskegon, Michigan on April 2nd.

Nesting Sites

Look at your outdoor spaces with the eyes of a robin choosing a place to build her nest:

  • Near food and water sources
  • Sturdy, strong base to anchor a mud-packed nest
  • Sheltered protection from wind, rain, and direct sunlight
  • Hidden from the sight and reach of potential predators

Are you seeing signs of nest building? Let us know!

Explore: Northern Arrivals

It's time to check the current sighting reports to update your charts. How many Northern Observation Posts have reported seeing their first robins and hearing territorial songs? When do you think robins will reach Shageluk, Alaska?




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Next Update April 13, 2016