Robin Migration Update: February 26, 2013
Please Report
Your Sightings!

Late winter storm systems stalled migration this week, but spring is near. March is peak migration month: It's time to print out the robin observation checklist—and to get your questions ready for Ask the Expert, opening March 1.

This Week's Report Includes:

Image of the Week
Robins at heated birdbath

Busy Birdbath

Image: Lois McLean
Migration News: Getting Ready

March, the month of peak robin migration, is just around the corner, and winter's last gasps are slowing migration. Will March come in like a lion? Your sightings will help tell the story of the robin migration for spring 2013.

What's Happening Now
The average latitude for robin "first" reports for the past week is 39.12N. That's an increase of almost a whole degree—or almost a 69-mile shift—north from the previous week's average. Reports of robin "waves" showed a big drop in the past week, with a decrease from 59 to 29 reports. Here's a sample of observers' recent reports:

  • Florida: "Robins are still around but the overall numbers seem to be declining. I don't think they are quite ready: No singing ye,t but I see 'infighting' at water baths!"
  • Florida: "After a very long stay this year (several weeks as opposed to one visit for 2-3 days), the daily visits of groups of 100 or more robins appear to have ended."
  • Michigan: "This is the first migration wave we have ever seen. We had about 300 Robins in all our trees, many eating berries from the trees as well as the top of the snow on the ground. We have a creek in our back yard which is not frozen so they were able to drink from there."

What to Watch For
Share this checklist with your family, friends, and neighbors near and far. Ask everyone to observe, and remember to report what you're seeing!

Robin in Snow
Image: Kathy Doolan
It's Still Winter!
Robins  drinking from a puddle
Image: Chris Taylor
Finding Water
Spring phenology checklist for robins
Checklist for Spring
Ask the Expert: Submit Your Questions
As you look at the images in this photo gallery, what do you wonder? Will you know if your first robin is a male or female? How can you tell when a robin is building a nest? Or when mother robin is sitting on her eggs? Challenge yourself to ask at least two questions about each photo. Our robin expert, Laura Erickson eagerly awaits your questions. Ask the Expert will be open from March 1 to March 15.




Photo gallery of robins to spark curiosity

Latest Maps: Where Are Robins Now?

These maps show where people reported earthworms and robins. Patterns emerge as citizen scientists report their observations. A Connecticut observer exclaimed: "We were driving to the flower show and eight robins were flying across the parkway to puddles— gotta be WORMS!" 

Robin Migration Map: First Robin Robin Migration Map: Waves of Robins Robin migration map: First robins heard singing Earthworm migration map
First See
Report Your Sightings! What, Where & How
First robin of spring Waves of robins Singin robin First earthworm of spring
The First Robin You

Robins migrating in Waves

The First Robin You
Hear Singing

Your first sighting of Earthworms

The next robin migration update will be posted March 5, 2013.