You all know them. You all love them. The quintessential early bird, American Robins are as common in our yards as mosquitoes are in ponds. Robins are often heralded as the first sign of spring, but they actually are here all year round. In the winter they tend to be more in trees and in small groups so they’re just a little bit less easily found than when they’re hopping around your lawn looking for worms. Robins are so common and popular that they’re practically pop stars.
Have you ever had a robin’s nest in your yard? If you have, have you ever looked inside for eggs? Robins’ eggs are a very pretty light blue color; so pretty that there’s a whole shade of blue named after their eggs: Robin’s egg blue. The next time you’re getting crayons or colored pencils, see if you can find one in that color! Then you can draw your own robins with their eggs!
Have you ever heard the saying about the early bird and the worm (the one your parents say when you sleep in)? That saying is about robins! They’re always up early looking for worms (their favorite treat) in lawns and grassy areas before the worms dig deep to hide for the day. Robins have sayings about their behavior and colors named after their eggs because they are everywhere in North America. They are found year-round in every state except Alaska and Hawaii and seasonally are found from Mexico all the way past the Arctic Circle! The next time you see a robin, remember that your backyard is probably their home for the whole year and they really appreciate that bird feeder on your porch.
- While robins eat worms in the morning, they usually transition to fruit as the day gets later and warmer
- Robins can have up to 3 sets of eggs every year
- Robins especially prefer berries and will eat them year-round
- Wintertime flocks can be huge, up to a quarter of a million birds!
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