Robin can be found throughout North America some time during the
Male robins have a dark gray to almost black back and tail
with a rusty red colored breast.
The female is paler all over. The
juvenile robins like all thrushes have a spotted breast.
Only the male
robin sings, but both sexes have calls and alarm notes. You
typically hear the robin in the spring first thing in the morning
and last thing before dark.
When l hear them in the new year, it is
a sure sign that warm weather is almost here.
Robins are attracted to open lawns and gardens with mature shrubbery
and trees. While they eat a variety of insects and berries, it has
been noted that robins can eat up to 4 meters of earthworms in a day!
Robins find earthworms by cocking their head to the side so that
they can see. They have monocular vision, which means their eyes are
on the sides of the head, and each eye can be used independently.
Contrary to popular belief, they donít hear the earthworms.
likely find robins in your yard after a rain, after the sprinkler
has been on, or even after the lawn has been mowed, as this brings
out the worms and insects.
Worms make up about 15% to 20% of the
summer diet for robins.
Robins live on average about one-and a half years, but can live up
to five years.
They typically nest April through May and can have
two to three broods in a season. The female does most of the nest
It typically takes about five to six days to build the
nest. Put out a small pan of mud and nesting materials (short
strings, yarn, dry grasses) and watch the robins collect materials
to make their nests.
Robins lay about four eggs and the female
incubates the eggs for 12 to 14 days. Both parents guard the nest from
danger. The babies are fully feathered in about 10 days and leave
the nest in 14 to 16 days.