Migrating Robins – Harbinger of Spring

IMG_0747A large flock of migrating robins came through our yard today– at least several dozen, they were impossible to count over such a large area. Can you count sixteen in the photo? I’m always happy to see them, as it means spring really is just around the corner!

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64 Responses to Migrating Robins – Harbinger of Spring

  1. Alice Pratt says:

    Lots of Robins and lots of Maple Tree Sap Buckets! 🥞, blueberries & maple syrup….and hopefully 🥓 & sausages!

  2. March Picker says:

    That’s encouraging!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It really is! 🙂
      Though they are having a chilly welcome. The windchill tonight is well below zero. Reminds me of that children’s poem: The North Wind Doth Blow

      The north wind doth blow,
      And we shall have snow,
      And what will the robin do then,
      poor thing?
      He’ll sit in a barn,
      And keep himself warm,
      And hide his head under his wing,
      poor thing!

  3. arlingwoman says:

    We have had robins for a while now. They always come a bit too soon and get caught in awful weather. We’re predicted to have snow on Monday! It’s early yet, so predictions range from 3-13″ with the NWS leaning to 7. I don’t mind anything under 8. More than that is inconvenient, but when it snows in March, you know it can’t be around for long! I counted 14 robins. I hope you heard them chattering. They have a lot to say.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It is hard to see in the photo because they are small and oak leaves can look like them, too. There are sixteen (two are close together). 🙂
      I’m hoping that the storm passes off to our southeast and stays along the coast. We’ll never know until it happens! I try not to get too excited as they often are way off in their predictions. I’ll make sure I have the essentials – plenty of wood and tea. 😉

  4. Wonderful sign of Spring!! ☀️🍀🌿

  5. Chloris says:

    Very pretty and quite different to our European robins, ours are loners who fiercely fight over their territory in spring.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They are nearly double the size of your robins, one of our larger songbirds. The males migrate together in spring and the females follow later. Once they get to ‘home’ they establish territories and are not so tolerant!

  6. Happy for you Eliza that spring approaches. I was curious about the robins’ choral voice so googled Cornell and found the recordings ‘cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily ….. a harbinger of optimism 🙂

  7. gaiainaction says:

    Lovely to witness this Eliza, enjoy a nice day 🙂

  8. Brenda says:

    We have had lots of robins here all winter eating our wild apples, sumac, and other seeds. I will be curious to see if more come along and to see if our resident population stays.

  9. Robin says:

    One of my favorite birds. 🙂 So glad to see your signs of spring, Eliza. We’ve had large flocks of robins in our yard, too. We should start seeing the Laughing Gulls soon.

  10. bittster says:

    Now that’s a promising sight!
    We’ve had grackles and red winged blackbirds show up, plus a few turkey vultures. They’re not as pretty but I know winter is on its way out when these guys show up.

  11. Jewels says:

    I always love the return of the robins in the spring. I’ve been cooped up indoors since my surgery, so I haven’t noticed any here yet, but my sister said she had a flock of them in her yard the other day. So wonderful! I’m afraid to get my hopes up for spring just yet though as we have snow in the forecast today. Wishing you a beautiful Sunday Eliza. ❤

  12. I love how they are almost lined up evenly in the yard!

    I’ve been seeing them here for a couple of weeks – and even better, they showed up at about the same time as our Red-Winged Blackbirds, who are all over the place. It may not feel like spring here, but it sort of looks like it and it definitely sounds like it!

  13. Christina says:

    I’m always fooled when I hear robins mentioned into thinking they are the native European robin, silly me. Your bird is very handsome.

  14. Val Boyko says:

    We are inundated with a flock of red wing blackbirds right now.It doesn’t feel like Spring, but the birds always know!

  15. Laurie Graves says:

    To heck with the predicted snowstorm on Tuesday. Spring. Is. Here.

  16. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    So different to our European Robins 🙂

  17. I saw a huge flock too Eliza so many in fact I could not count them all. I never have seen such a huge flock before. 💖

  18. Brian Skeys says:

    They you are very different to our robins, they are more like what we call field fares or red wings, members of the thrush family.

  19. Maria F. says:

    They surely are!

  20. Good sign indeed! Lovely shot.

  21. Kris P says:

    What a welcome sight! I hope the storm I heard was sweeping through the northeast missed you.

  22. Kathy Sturr says:

    They must have arrived from CK Eliza! The large flocks here have moved on. What a welcome sight!

  23. Do you think the migrating habits of robins have changed? I have seen them in the winter often … in Colorado and Back East. I saw a small flock in the middle of February and spring doesn’t arrive here until April.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      While nomadic winter flocks have always been seen sporadically all along, I think milder winters and an increase of fruiting plants provided by suburbanization has led to an increase in sightings.

  24. rickii says:

    They are the most vigorous visitors to our bird bath…so entertaining.

  25. I have only seen a couple Robins. I have a lot of Cardinals and Blue jays visiting my yard. I have them though out the winter but have a lot more recently.

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