American Robin
Description  9-11"  Gray above, brick
red below. Head and tail black in males,
dull gray in females. Young birds are
spotted below.

Habitat   The robin is mainly a bird of
fields, open woodlands, and forest edges,
and it takes advantage of the edges and
clearings provided by human development.

Diet  The mainstay of the American Robin
is earthworms. It hunts on lawns, standing
stock-still with head cocked to one side as
though listening for its prey but actually
discovering it by sight.

In winter, their diet shifts to berries and
other fruit.

Nesting Females perform most of the
nest building, although the males may help.

The nest is a well-made cup of mud
reinforced with grass and twigs, lined with
softer grasses, and placed in a tree or on a
ledge or windowsill.

The female lays typically between 3-5
blue-green eggs and incubates them for 10
to 12 days.  Between 12 to 15 days later, the
babies fledge. Robins usually have 2
broods a season. Parents aggressively
defend the nest.

Range  Breeds from Alaska east across
continent to Newfoundland and south to
California, Texas, Arkansas, and South
Carolina. Winters north to British Columbia
and Newfoundland.

Although considered a harbinger of spring,
robins are considered short-distance
migrants.  They often winter in the northern
states, where they frequent cedar bogs and
swamps and are not usually noticed by a
casual observer, except when they gather in
large roosts, often containing thousands of
birds.

Voice Song is a series of rich caroling
notes, rising and falling in pitch: cheer-up,
cheerily, cheer-up, cheerily.

Discussion  Robins originally nested in
forests; where they still do so they are much
shyer than the robins of the dooryard. They
breed only rarely in the Deep South, where
they prefer large shade trees on lawns.

The mainstay of the American Robin is
earthworms. It hunts on lawns, standing
stock-still with head cocked to one side as
though listening for its prey but actually
discovering it by sight.
May 2005
May 2005
May 2005   Although sometimes overlooked by birders because of their prevalence, I tend to enjoy the antics of the
American Robin.  Especially when they are raising their young.  The juveniles are so colorful with their speckled coats
and seemingly
soooo hungry with their gaping beaks.  
May 2005
The State Bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and
Wisconsin