For a Home
out there, a robin thinks your backyard is its home territory. A robin's
territory is where mating and nesting takes place.
A male’s first job in spring is to find a territory. He works hard to find
the best land. He flies over neighborhoods or sits high in trees. He looks and
listens. What do you think a robin wants in his territory? What doesn’t he
Do Robins Look For?
robin's territory must meet the family's needs during
nesting season. The male chooses a territory with water
to bathe in and drink, earthworms and insects to eat,
shelter to hide from predators, and a safe place for
the family's nest. He picks a territory away from other
robin may battle other males for a good territory. When he
wins, he stakes his claim. How? He sings his song, loud and
clear. Now he is home!
robins reach the summer breeding grounds before the females.
They must have a territory before they find a mate. Females
return about two weeks later than males. Females often fight
other females for the best males and best territories.
is this robin doing? If you said getting ready to make a nest,
The nest is not a robin home.
It is only a nursery for babies. Robins often return in spring to the same
territories where they had nesting success. Will your robin
early spring, robins often build their first nest in an evergreen
tree. Later, they will build nests in elm trees or maple trees.
Why do you think first nests are often in evergreens? Does your
yard have trees, or other high places, for nests?
and their babies eat MANY earthworms during the breeding season.
Worms are easiest to find at night and early morning, and the best
territory will provide a good source of worms. Watch for spring’s
first earthworms in your backyard. Robins may be watching, too!
Will a robin choose your backyard? Would it make a good
territory? Does it have what nesting robins need to raise their families?
This spring, see your yard through a robin's eyes!
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