11th Annual Winter Robin Round-Up!
February 3- 17, 2004
Yum! This robin is enjoying handouts of tasty mealworms!
Calling All Robins!
Where do robins spend the winter, anyway? Let's find out! Before the spring
migration begins this year, we'd like to know if you have robins over-wintering
in your town. We hope you'll help with Journey North's Annual Winter Robin
Round-Up! (See instructions below.)
observers have been reporting robins for weeks. Flocks of robins are being
seen in some places, and even places in c-c-cold Alaska report a few over-wintering
robins. Here's a sample of what we're hearing:
IL (January 31): "There were about 8 to 15 very fat (very rotund!)
robins on the maple trees in front of my house, on the maple in the
back yard, and on the neighbor's roof at about 3:00 pm. I was very surprised
to see robins at this time of year in Chicago because I have lived here
all my life and never seen them in winter before. . . It is very cold
in Chicago today, and they were drinking water from the gutters on the
house next door, and pecking on the rooftop shingles."
Manitoba, Canada (January 27): "We did have one lonely robin in
Pinawa for the annual bird count held within a week of Christmas. Though
with our cold starting in January and I mean cold, -30C and wind chills
in to the -40C's, I wonder if the poor robin is still alive."
MO (January 24): "This morning I observed a large flock of robins
(100 or more) on the lawn of my home. During this month I have seen
up to 5 robins on 2 occasions, but they are not regular visitors during
Now we need to hear from YOU, too. Join the fun and get
on the map of our Winter Robin Round-Up! Here's how:
Go outside and look for robins. Ask your neighbors if they have seen
robins. Contact your friends and relatives in other parts of North America.
Ask everybody you know to help you look for robins!
When you spot a robin, report your observations to Journey North.
Your Winter Robin Sightings to
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.
add your robin observations to the winter map whether they're
alone (FIRST Robin)
- in groups
(WAVE of Robins)
(FIRST song), or
you have until February 17th, 2004 to collect your sightings!
3. On February 17th: We'll post a
map to show where robins are found spending the winter of 2004. We'll
also give you a data summary so you can make your own map.
4. After February 17: Continue to
watch for robins and help us track their spring migration. Here's how:
for your help!
This! Journaling Question
- How do
you think robins survive, stay warm, and find food when the ground is
frozen and the air so cold? How do you think they adapt when it gets
cold in the south?