Robin Migration Update: March 4, 2014
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Your Sightings!

March came in like a lion and robins are grouping up where they can find bare ground and food. Will we see a big push north when temperatures finally warm?

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Robin eating mealworm from feeder

Finding Food

Photo: Judy Van Tilburg
News: Slow Start

March is the month of peak robin migration. We're off to a slow start with reports of robins still concentrated across the mid continent. Wave reports continue to outnumber those of robin song and first-seen robins.

An Exceptional Winter

Are there more robins this year? Or has the extreme and prolonged cold pushed further south the robins that would normally remain in the north? We can't know for sure but it’s been a long, harsh winter across much of North America. Robins are around all winter, but usually in wooded areas. Seeing huge waves of hungry robins may give the impression that robins are more numerous this year. Widespread snow cover is sending robins in search of bare ground, which can be more available in urban areas where it tends to be warmer. Robins cluster at bare spots, foraging for food where more observers can report them. Will we see a huge northward push once temps warm up and the robins' spring menu of worms becomes available? Your sighting reports will tell the story of spring migration after an exceptional winter!

  • "Many waves all winter, but the first song of love started yesterday. Low 30, High 55 and sunny. Worms are up. " Crystal S., Brinnon, Washington (February 28, 2014) 

Stay Tuned!

Change is in the air and robins are about to spread across the map. By mid-March, the robin chorus normally extends for miles. Get ready to listen for the surest sign that your male robins have indeed returned to claim territory, find mates and begin nesting:

Robins in birdbath in snowy yard
Photo: Ilse Gebhard
Last Choice: Birdseed
Robin pulling worm from soil
Photo: Tom Ernst
Welcome Worms!
Robins eating fallen fruits in the snow
Photo: Julie Holland
Fruit Feast
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Explore: Your Robin Habitat

What do robins need? What seasonal changes need to happen in your neighborhood before robins can get what they need?

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Maps: Report Your Sightings
Robin Migration: What to Report Robin Migration Map: First Robin Robin Migration Map: Waves of Robins
What to Report First Seen
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Robin migration map: First robins heard singing Robin Nesting Behavior Earthworm migration map
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Next Update: March 11, 2014