Robins in January

@Raelove (15118)
Saco, Maine
January 16, 2016 2:01pm CST
Popular opinion has it that robins are a definite sign of spring. Yet, here we are still 64 days from the official start of that season on March 20th, and there this robin was, perched on a tree branch not far from my front door. There were several of them actually, flitting about from tree to tree, so I grabbed my camera, hoping to get at least a couple of shots to use as evidence for anyone who didn't believe me. Actually, most robins do migrate south. But according to at least two reputable bird websites, they're driven more by the availability of food--primarily berries--than they are by weather conditions or the cold. So some always stay behind as long as they are able to find fruit to eat. In this case, therefore, no, those robins were not a sign that spring is near, unless you want to consider 2 months from now "near." (Photo is Mine)
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
16 Jan 16
In the UK they're associated with Christmas, not spring.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
16 Jan 16
I didn't know that. Thanks!
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
16 Jan 16
@Raelove according to my sister - who is really into birds - Robins are vicious little birds and very territorial. I must admit I'm not sure if a European robin is the same as an American one. I think yours might be bigger.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
16 Jan 16
@boiboing Ours can measure up to 11 inches long, and they're members of the greater thrush family. I'm into birds, too, and I've never known them to be vicious. I've seen some birds tussle but not robins yet.
@LoriAMoore (9687)
• United States
16 Jan 16
Our robins have been very active lately and it hasn't even gotten cold here yet.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
16 Jan 16
According to the Cornell All About Birds website, they are are year-round residents of that part of the U.S.
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@DianneN (57247)
• United States
16 Jan 16
@Raelove That is my favorite website to find out all about my Ospreys. My son went to school there, too.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
16 Jan 16
@DianneN That's my go-to site when I write bird articles. Hasn't steered me wrong yet. I've seen ospreys here in Maine a few times. Magnificent birds!
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Jan 16
Maybe they have stayed around due to the milder winter we've had
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
16 Jan 16
Doesn't appear to have much to do with that according to my research. They hang around as long as they can find food, then they move to another location.
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@Juliaacv (22087)
• Canada
16 Jan 16
I hope that those poor little robins don't get cold when it snows, it is still wintertime.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
16 Jan 16
It is. But once they run out of food, they fly farther south. They don't stay in one place very long, from what I read.
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• United States
16 Jan 16
the robins never leave - there are here all year long.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
16 Jan 16
That's right. They're year-round residents in your neck 'o the woods.
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• United States
16 Jan 16
@Raelove Today we had at least 30 doves, at least 20 robins, and Mr and Mrs C - Cardinals - they are always together. He lets her eat at the feeder first while he waits patiently.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
16 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I love cardinals. Didn't see many when I lived in the woods, as they are more urban birds. Hope to see more here this year.
@just4him (89141)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Jan 16
No, not near yet. Good picture.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
17 Jan 16
Thanks. It didn't turn out too bad considering that I wasn't that close to it.
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@just4him (89141)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Jan 16
@Raelove You did a good job.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
17 Jan 16
@just4him Thanks. One just landed in the shrub right outside my window, but I was too slow to get at my camera, and it took off. Darn.
@DianneN (57247)
• United States
16 Jan 16
True and funny! I don't see them until I return to Connecticut in April.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
16 Jan 16
Apparently, they're here waiting for your return!
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@DianneN (57247)
• United States
16 Jan 16
@Raelove Lol! Just as long as they have food and are safe.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
16 Jan 16
@DianneN Oh I'm sure they do. Birds are quite resourceful.
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@JudyEv (96913)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jan 16
Australia, UK and USA all have robins but they're all just a little bit different. I love robins - any small birds really.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
17 Jan 16
Our robins here can grow to almost a foot long, so they're hardly small. I'll just amend that to say that I love all birds, large or small. The robins I saw yesterday were quite chubby, so they must be eating well somewhere!
@amadeo (46199)
• United States
16 Jan 16
we have them here.They next in the woods next to us.Never knew why they did not head south. But they are here.
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@Raelove (15118)
• Saco, Maine
16 Jan 16
I love seeing them any time of year.