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Robin

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The 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 spottedRobin Eggs In Nest By Robert Logan 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.

Robin, Photo by Robert LoganWhen 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

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.

You 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.

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 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 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. 

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