In the early spring, robins usually return to the same neighborhood. When their brood of baby robins fledge, both parents take care of them for a couple weeks. They are taught how to forage and take shelter at night in shrubby areas. Other robins also lead their babies to safe shrubby roosting sights.
|Map produced with digital range map files provided by the Canadian Wildlife Service.|
If the adult female has time for a second clutch, the older babies are left on their own, to hang out with other fledglings. They learn that being in flocks, is normal. Robins ARE territorial on their summer breeding territories, but not at their roosts, or in feeding trees. Flocking is a behavior that gives the birds more eyes and ears to search for food sources and be watchful for predators.
Young robins tend to follow adults in big migratory flocks in late summer. If there is some wonderful food source in Canada they might have learned to flock up to feed. But it is more likely that the Canadian American Robins are gathering to move south and your Iron Mountain robins also leave yards to gather in their own nomadic flocks.
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