Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bird Watch-The first Robin of Spring

Birdwatching has been something I've enjoyed for a long while and the American Robin has aways been one of my personal favorites. As Spring fast approaches it brings back memories of seeing the first robin of the season. When we were still living in central Illinois I remember that the Winters always seemed so long and how exciting it was to see the first robin which indicated that spring had finally arrived. :) After moving to the South I was delighted to find that though the robins don't arrive in Spring, (our winters are mild anyway) we have them in the Winter. For the past few months we have enjoyed having the Robins here, one time I counted more then 50 robins in our front yard at one time! I have not seen any for a few weeks, so for those of you who live up North they are probably on their way! :) Below is a little information about Robins that I found interesting.
A Little about the American Robin:

The American Robin is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is widely distributed throughout North America, wintering south of Canada from Florida to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast. It has seven subspecies, but only T. m. confinis in the southwest is particularly distinctive, with pale gray-brown underparts. It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and The American Robin is active mostly during the day and assembles in large flocks at night. Its diet consists of invertebrates (such as beetle grubs and caterpillars), fruits and berries. It is one of the first bird species to lay eggs, beginning to breed shortly after returning to its summer range from its winter range. Its nest consists of long coarse grass, twigs, paper, and feathers, and is smeared with mud and often cushioned with grass or other soft materials. American Robin nest

-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


A musical whistled phrase,
"cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up."
Call note a sharp "chup."


large thrush.
Back and wings gray.
Underparts red.
Dark head with white eye crescents.
Size: 20-28 cm (8-11 in)
Wingspan: 31-40 cm (12-16 in)
Weight: 77 g (2.72 ounces)

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. Genesis 1:20


Bethany said...

That is very interesting! How long have you watched the robins?

Laura said...

Robins are one of my favorites! I really enjoyed reading all the facts about them. Great post!


Hello Bethany,
I've enjoyed watching Robins ever since I was little. They are very common birds in the North. Here where we live, they stay about a month in the Winter.

Thank you for your comment! :)

Sarah said...

I too enjoy bird-watching! The Robins have arrived here in Missouri, and how nice it is to hear their cheerful song. Thank you for sharing the information about them. :)

It will not be long now until the warblers start moving through too - I am looking forward to that!

Maria Pauline said...

I like robins too! They always remind me of the Secret Garden.

I don't think any have arrived yet, though we have had other birds for a few weeks. It's probably only a matter of days.

Lydia said...

You thought Illinois winters were long! Try living in Michigan. We still have snow in the forecast (and a few piles lingering on the ground). I have seen a couple robins though.

Deborah said...

Hello! I'm in Manitoba, where there is still snow on the ground, so I always look forward to seeing the first robin each spring! I'm out blog-hopping and found your site...I see we have some common interests.

Grace said...

I saw a robin for the first time this spring just a couple of days ago...I was so excited!:)