social and comfortable together, these robins still maintain
some personal space. You can see these robins aren’t
feeding on trees. Perhaps the summer 2004 hurricanes destroyed
many of the robins' feeding trees.
Do you see the faded gray of some of the robins'
backs and heads?
are females. Can you find some males, which show more contrast
in color? These birds look like mostly females. That’s not
a surprise to Laura, Journey North's robin expert. Laura says, “The
robins that winter farther south are usually females. More males
a good reason for this."
do you think the robins that winter farther south are usually
females, while more males winter farther north? (HINT: Think
carefully about the springtime "duties" of both males
and females. Why
might it be an advantage for males to be farther north? For females
to be farther south?) Compare your thoughts with the helpful
information on our FAQS: Wintering Robins.