Changing of the birds …

…The reason people think that Robin Red Breast is a sign of spring is that we believe that robins fly south for the winter and north for the summer, so when we see them, it must be getting near summer. The fact that many robins don’t migrate at all, but simply become reclusive for the winter, is not widely known….

Getting ready for Spring and Summer birding.

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0 thoughts on “Changing of the birds …

  1. That’s a totally fake robin.

    Hey, you should see the robin in the old Mary Poppins movie. Now, THAT’s a real robin, even though it is supposed to be set in London.

  2. I wonder how many of the robins that are seen in the winter are actually migrants from farther north? Twice a year, at our house in southern Manitoba, for a few days we have a stream of robins passing through, perhaps one or two birds a minute. They fly from one tree or bush to another a couple of houses along the road, briefly hop around the lawn, then they’re off again.

    Where I’m working, in central Manitoba, I saw the first spring migrant today, a bald eagle. I’m told that the crows are back, too.

    (BTW, they’re just big, red-breasted thrushes, not real robins.)

  3. For the person that mentioned European robins, yes, they’re a different bird. Robins over here are officially(yes, officially!) called Aeremerican robins, and classified as Turdus migratorius. Though both European and American robins are part of the thrush family, more or less, about all they have in common is red breasts. American robins are more closely related to European blackbirds, which essentially look like melanistic American robins.

    And all (American) robins do migrate. However, they often don’t migrate very far,at least in climates where it doesn’t get terribly cold in the wintertime, and there are berries or old fruit on trees,or the ground usually stays soft enough to peck around for worms and grubs. Where I live, the robins I see in the winter(and yes, I see them all year round here), come from only a little farther north, plus some of them come from the dry, eastern 2/3 of my state. The “summer” robins just fly a little farther south. And sometimes they come back as early as late February and try to “set up shop”. They’re here now, singing their heads off, setting up territories and trying to attract mates. It’s spring, all right!
    Anne G

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