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Overwintering American Robins

While some American robins usually overwinter in northern New England, we have a larger number of them this winter than usual.  A lack of snow cover and an excellent crop of fruits and berries are contributing to this phenomenon. You often see them in flocks of a hundred or more, especially on south facing fields, and where there are fruit trees. Migration is a hazardous undertaking for birds, and in general they go only as far south as they need to in order to survive.  If there is an ample supply of food, and a lack of snow, robins are more likely to remain in northern New England during the winter, or stop here on their way south from Canada.

3 responses

  1. It’s very disorienting to have so many around this winter. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t see at least a couple of them, and I have indeed seen flocks of 100 or more. Their presence will make the arrival of redwings very anticlimactic (who are also around in more modest numbers, but haven’t shown up in my back yard yet…)

    February 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

  2. David Govatski

    This one looks like it may be the black-backed robin sub-species also known as the Newfoundland Robin or Turdus migrators nigredus.
    David Govatski
    Jefferson, NH

    February 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

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