When Do Robins Arrive??

@Hate2Iron (8748)
Canada
January 11, 2019 1:22pm CST
Yesterday I saw a robin on our deck railing... The bird was HUGE which made me wonder if he simply hadn't left for the winter but had found some feeders that he frequented... a lot!! I have to get used to winters back in Ontario, but I was sure that Robins were spring birds?? If so, did he come back early or are we going to have a really early spring??
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@Corbin5 (127019)
• United States
11 Jan
I thought robins were spring birds too. I hope your sighting one means an early spring.
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@CarolDM (12299)
• United States
11 Jan
I have always been told that but we have them year round.
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@Hate2Iron (8748)
• Canada
11 Jan
Good... it wasn't just me then... Here's hoping!!
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@Hate2Iron (8748)
• Canada
11 Jan
@CarolDM Hmmm, I wonder where I got that idea from??
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@CarolDM (12299)
• United States
11 Jan
All robins are not the same: The vast majority of robins do move south in the winter. However, some stick around — and move around — in northern locations. Robins migrate more in response to food than to temperature. Fruit is the robin's winter food source. As the ground thaws in the spring, they switch to earthworms and insects. While the robins may arrive when temperatures reach 37 degrees, this is because their food becomes available not because the robins themselves need warm temperatures. Robins wander in the winter: Temperatures get colder as winter progresses. Robins need more food when it's cold and more and more of the fruit gets eaten. Robins move here and there in response to diminishing food supplies and harsh weather. If all robins wintered at their breeding latitude, there wouldn't be enough fruit for them all. So robins tend to spread out in the winter in search of fruit. Most hang out where fruit is abundant, but some take the risk of staying farther north where smaller amounts of fruit remain. We have robins year round here in TN.
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@akalinus (23879)
• United States
11 Jan
Hi, you know a lot about Robins. I am amazed. TN is much more temperate than Ontario. I have spent years in northern winters. They are brutal and I can't imagine why a robin would tolerate them when they have wings to fly to a better place.
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@CarolDM (12299)
• United States
11 Jan
@akalinus I am always learning about al kinds of birds. I have many species that come to my backyard. It seems like with some birds it is all about the food source.
@akalinus (23879)
• United States
11 Jan
@CarolDM Food is important but I thought that heat was too. I am shivering in my jacket. The heater is on. I can't wait for it to warm up.
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@nela13 (11166)
• Portugal
11 Jan
There are no robins here.
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@Hate2Iron (8748)
• Canada
11 Jan
At the present... or do you have robins in your country??
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@nela13 (11166)
• Portugal
12 Jan
@Hate2Iron where I live I have never seen one.
@akalinus (23879)
• United States
11 Jan
I know it is cold and snowing in NY where I have family and friends. It must be even colder in Ontario. I can't imagine why a spring bird would be there now with several months of cold and snow left to endure. I hope it will be spring soon.
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@Hate2Iron (8748)
• Canada
11 Jan
It was pretty mild until just a couple of days ago when the temps fell like a rock and the winds began to howl!! Today, winds were gone and it was beautiful... still -10 but beautiful!!
@akalinus (23879)
• United States
12 Jan
@Hate2Iron I'm not a bird but if I was, I don't think I would like it much.
• Edinburgh, Scotland
15 Jan
I don't know about Canadian robins but in the UK robins don't leave for winter. They stay all year round but in the dull days of winter they stand out more.
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@Hate2Iron (8748)
• Canada
16 Jan
Our winters can be pretty nasty depending on the province, but I was sure that they left when the temps got nasty and came back to announce that spring was right around the corner!!!
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@LadyDuck (195510)
• Switzerland
12 Jan
European Robins are winter birds, they come to gardens in winter and they go back in the mountains as soon as the temperature goes up.
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@amadeo (81627)
• United States
11 Jan
Spring here when we see them.
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@toniganzon (54004)
• Philippines
12 Jan
Maybe the robin never left.
@JudyEv (147789)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan
I can't help you. None of our birds migrate for the winter but some migrate to breed elsewhere.