Snow Birds

Tree, Winter, Bird, Nature, Wildlife

Look, there is a robin in the backyard pulling on a long and succulent looking earthworm. Spring has to be right around the corner. The bill, currently being used to hold onto that pig, is mainly yellow with a variably dark tip. Some could argue that the dark tip is a result of digging for all those juicy earthworms. The next day, fourteen inches of snow and temperatures in the single digits. No, listen, there are a few of them singing over there in the trees. Regardless of the drastic weather change, Spring has to be almost here. Bat Removal Melbourne

Do robins actually mean Spring is almost here? The answer is, it depends. There are ongoing studies being conducted on robin migration. What we do know is that a few robins migrate, others may not. They seem to go where food is readily available. They typically have a mixed diet of backyard bugs like earthworms, beetles, grubs, grasshoppers, and those cute caterpillars. This constitutes around forty percent of their food source. The balance is mainly from wild and cultivated berries and fruits. As a result of their ability to change over to fruits and berries, robins tend to stay much further north in the winter, than several birds. If the place has a fantastic supply of berries throughout the winter, the robin will stay around.

A driving factor of seeing the robin from the backyard at the end of winter, is the thawing of the ground, the coming of rain, and the earthworms moving around. An interesting fact is that earthworms come to the surface during rain to stop from drowning in their hole. The temporarily moist conditions give worms a chance to move safely to new places. Since worms breathe through their skin, the skin must remain wet for the oxygen to pass through it. As we all know, the earthworm isn’t a speed demon and thus is an easy target for waiting robins. Reality is, robins do not need to wait. They have both terrific vision and listening abilities. Frequently a robin can be observed hoping around, turning its head in numerous directions. The hunt is on and usually ends with a robin win.

Once Spring has arrived and the robin could be seen daily now, it isn’t long before the breeding season begins. Their regular breeding season occurs from April through July. In this time span, most robins will have two to three broods. Since deciduous trees do not leaf until sometime in May, most early nests are constructed in some type of evergreen tree or shrub. The robin will rebuild their nest for another few broods mainly in deciduous trees. They lay three to five beautiful light blue eggs. The eggs hatch in two days. Surprisingly two weeks later the young can be seen flying and flying around. So, if we do the math, one North American robin could have around fifteen chicks annually. No sense in trying to lure a robin in your bird house either. They aren’t cavity nesters. A platform nailed to a tree or bush has a much greater prospect of bringing a nesting robin.

The most vulnerable time for the robin, like many birds, is during the nesting period. The eggs and juvenile robins are preyed upon by snakes, squirrels, and other larger birds. Having said this, the adult bird can also be vulnerable, especially when distracted while feeding. The robin has risks both on the ground and in the air. From the air, almost every variety of hawk, eagle, falcon, and owl dine on robins. You will find over twenty-eight varieties of raptorial birds, looking for a robin lunch. Despite this, the robin is a powerful species using a count of over 320 million members. With these type of numbers, we’ll continue to enjoy hearing and seeing our first robin coming of the Spring season.

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