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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What happened to all the robins?

I had a robin nesting on my front porch this year. It was such fun watching the babies run around the yard. Now I miss hearing their song in the morning. Why have they disappeared?

I like the American Robins too. When I’m out fussing in the garden, robins always seem so friendly and interested in what I’m doing. But every year in late summer and fall, robins leave the areas where they've raised their young and switch their diet from mostly earthworms and insects to fruit, nuts and berries.

The males are no longer territorial once nesting season is over. The robins will now gather to forage for food and roost together at night. Take a walk in the woods and you’ll probably see large flocks of robins, gathering fruit under trees.

If food is abundant, some robin flocks may remain in mid-Michigan throughout the winter. Robins are surprisingly hardy birds, capable of surviving temperatures well below zero. But most robins end up in the central and southern states from November until late March. I’m afraid that this is just another sign of the end of summer.

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