With the first warm weather of March, robins return to our lawns and gardens, and are one of our best indicators that spring has arrived!
The robin’s cheery song and boldness around people make it a favorite backyard bird. They’re found throughout our area, from farm pastures to city parks. You’ve probably seen them on your lawn, as they search for earthworms or as males chase each other defending their territories.
Look carefully in nearby trees and shrubs and you might find a nest, which is cup-shaped and made of grass and mud. Be sure that you don’t disturb the female, who may be incubating her four small blue eggs. Sometimes, you’ll find the nest unattended while the parents are away feeding.
About two weeks after the young robins hatch, they’re ready to leave the nest. They’ll join their parents on your lawn, running after the adults and begging for food until they learn to fend for themselves. You can identify the young robins by their speckled breasts.
As the breeding season ends and fall approaches, robins form large flocks and move into woodland areas for the winter. There, they feed on berries and seeds, waiting for warm weather and the first signs of spring.
Learn more about the American robin with the MDC’s Field Guide.