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Robin, Photo by Robert Logan, Askbud PhotographerThe American Robin can be found throughout North America some time during the year.

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!Robin Eggs In Nest By Robert Logan, Askbud Photographer

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.

Robin, Photo By Robert Logan, Askbud PhotographerYou will 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.

Robins 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 building.

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 up to 14 days. Both parents guard the nest from danger. The babies are fully feathered in about 10 days and leave the nest in about 16 days. 

 

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