From Florida to Alaska, over 190 people reported waves of robins during January. Winter weather often gets robins on the move. Each time a cold front moved across the continent,
people reported flocks with hundreds and thousands of robins. Many were surprised to see them so early, and didn't realize some are
overwintering robins that stay as long as they find food. Your January observations help tell the story:
- Massachusetts: "We had a flock of robins at our school today (1/22). This surprised many of us. The temperature was in the 20's, with a windchill factor making it even lower. Were they from further north, so this was south to them? Or were they blown here on the wind?" —Grade 5, Charlotte A. Dunning School
- Florida: "Too many to count. Literally blanketing our two grand oaks, several smaller oaks, 27 palm trees on the property and also the neighbor's trees. I would estimate 1,000 or more. About three hours later, they were completely gone."
- Tennessee: "Robins foraging in our neighborhood by the thousands. The sky is peppered for as far as you can see in all directions. I have never seen this in 12 years living here. What's going on?"