are Robins in Winter?
is an American Robin. Robins are signs of spring, so why is this
robin in snow? It’s because robins live some places in summer.
They live some places in winter. They live some places all year round—even
robins in the far north must migrate south to find food in
winter. Some fly very far. Other robins don’t go so far.
Robins can live in cold places as long as they have food.
What do robins do in winter? You will find out in these pages. You can learn
more—and report the robins you see—on Journey North.
Are in Many Places
This map shows the range of American robins,
or where these birds are found. Do you live in the robins’ winter
range, summer range, or all-year range?
Robins Are Feeding
is an important feeding time for robins. Males must eat enough to
stay strong and reach the nesting areas early. Then they can claim
and defend the best territories. They can attract females. Female
robins must arrive healthy enough to lay eggs and raise the young
of the next generation.
Winter robins go where food is. They will stay until it’s
gone. Then they move in search of more. Their winter foods are
other fruits, and seeds.
They find them on shrubs, trees, and vines.
Robins Are Flocking
summer, robins drive other robins off their territory. They
need all the space and food for their own babies.
different in winter. Robins hang out together
in flocks. Sometimes hundreds of robins are in
a flock! They fly, feed, and roost in flocks. How might joining
a flock help a young robin? How might it help robins of all
Robins Are Flying
is a season to feast and frolic. Robins are sociable. They don’t
mind being close to other birds when they have no territories to
defend or babies to feed. They're on the go, flying around in search
As winter ends, the days grow longer. Then robins get restless. It is time to
find a summer breeding territory where they will mate and raise babies. They
migrate north in spring when the food chain comes back to life. Are you watching
for robins on the move?
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