HERB - Robins

Warren & Meredith Harmon corwynsca at juno.com
Fri Jan 29 12:14:50 PST 1999

Hello!  More info on the American Robin than you probably ever wanted to

(From "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds")
Their Latin name is Turdus migratoris - almost says it all, huh?  <G> 
Range: Alaska, Manitoba, and Newfoundland south to the Carolinas,
Arkansas, and Guatemala; occasionally breeds along the Gulf Coast. 
Winters north to Newfoundland, southern Ontario, and British Columbia.

Robins...breed only rarely in the Deep South, where they prefer large
shade trees on lawns.  Although usually considered a harbinger of spring,
robins often winter in the northern states, where they frequent cedar
bogs and swamps and are not usually noticed by the casual observer,
except when they gather in large roosts, often containing thousands of
birds.  As with many birds, their normal mortality rate is about 80
percent a year.

The range map is almost entirely shaded in, except for the very northern
reaches of CAnada and Greenland.  They winter in most of the lower 49,
but not here in eastern PA.  Maybe I should check out a swamp or
two...but Canada and the rest of the U.S. gets them in the summer.


>I was wondering who on this list has robins during the summer?  They 
>are all
>over the place here turning over leaves looking for bugs and such.  I 
>enjoy our
>winter friends and was just wondering who keeps them in the summer?

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