Robin Winter Round-Up Reminder: February
Today's Report Includes:
Few of This Week's Robin Highlights
The Winter Robin Round-Up is underway, and next week we announce the results.
We want to hear if robins are spending the winter with you! But whether
staying put or on the move, robins gave observers some recent thrills.
Here are a few of the tales. Watch for more with next week's Round-Up
Map and news!
NY, Feb. 9: "We have had over 145 inches of snow this winter (much
of it in the past 3 weeks) and days down to minus 18 F. It's been a
difficult winter, and it's a pleasure to hear the wintering robins chirping
(ALMOST makes me remember Spring.)" -Sue
4: "Here in England we currently have two over-wintering American
Robins that arrived in late Autumn. One is in Cornwall (the southwest
tip of the UK). The other is near Grimsby in Lincolshire on the East
Coast of England. I hope this may be of interest to your students. These
are quite a rarity as only around 10 have ever occurred in England."
PA, Feb 3: "Robins have been wintering in my area for the past
5 years! I first observed them on a cold, snowy day. I couldn't believe
my eyes! Since then, I've observed, each subsequent winter, robins digging
in leaves left over from the fall, singing in my woods, drinking from
the creek. This year we've had a harsh winter. But the robins still
stayed around. On my way home from work yesterday, there was a fat robin
sitting in the middle of a snowy puddle, taking a bath." -Dolly
to Participate in Journey North's Winter Robin Round-Up
Remember: we're still collecting sightings for one more week in this year's
Winter Robin Round-Up--so please make sure to tell us about YOUR wintering
robins. When you spot a robin, report it by pressing the Owl button on
any Journey North page.
IMPORTANT: Our goal is to show where robins are present in early February.
This means that ANY robin seen during this time is considered a "winter"
sighting. On the Web, click on the Owl Button at the top of any Journey
North page to report your own sightings and to read the sightings of others.
Watch for a full update next week with a new map showing where robins
are spending the winter of 2004. (We'll also give you the data so you
can make your own map.)
Thank you for your help!
Please Report Migrating Earthworms!
Even though they only travel a few feet, earthworms undergo a "vertical"
migration each spring after the ground thaws. See what we mean:
have wriggled to the surface where you live, please let us know! We'll
include a map and data on March 26 and May 7. Meanwhile, watch for intriguing
connections between robin and earthworm migration in this season's reports.
Next American Robin Migration Update Will Be Posted on February 17, 2004.
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