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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Why the Robins in the area have disappeared

Hi there, I was wondering if you can answer this question? I have noticed that all the Robins in the area have gone. We had a few that nested in our trees over the summer and the last I saw of them was around the first week of August. I thought they didn't leave until early September. They are no where to be found. - Kingsville, Ontario which  is just a short distance from Windsor, Ontario.

If your robins left early that is probably a good sign that everything went smoothly for them this nesting season. The males are no longer territorial once they've completed nesting.
Photo from Wikimedia Commons
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. If you take a walk in the woods you will probably hear large flocks of robins as the forage and roost together.

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

Thanks for your reply. The Robins in my yards had their first batch (4) in the Pine tree in my front yard. They were very safe from other predators. All babies were fledged and finally flew off with parent bird.

The second batch was in the Maple tree in my back yard. Same Robins. This time they had only 3 babies. All fledged as they should except one baby took a little longer to leave the nest but finally it did.

I believe these parent Robins are the same two from last year because last year I noticed a small white tuffed of feathers that was on the female and this year it was the same. They, last year had two batches successfully.

So, then, I guess they have gone to gather with the flocks. Thank you so much for your information. Marion
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