February Robin

by Stephen
(Toronto , Ontario Canada)

On Valentine's Day February 14th 2011, I couldn't believe seeing a Robin feeding on the tree berries outside my front door.

It was -13 degrees celcius in Mid February

He was more fluffed up than usual, but there is no doubt it was a Robin. Is this common?

Thanks for your report of your Robin sighting - no, I don't think it is common to see them back in Canada at this time of year, as it is very early, but this year we have had six reports of Robins in the Toronto / Niagara area.

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Year-round Robins
by: Charlie

It seems that some Robins are wintering over, as long as they can find enough food in the form of berries and shelter.

If they run out of food, according to scientists, they move on. I've seen Robins three times since mid December in Waterdown, around the banks of Grindstone Creek. The most recent was about two weeks ago.

Staff at a Burlington Wild Birds Unlimited told me there is a flock living in North Burlington, which isn't that far from me. Which likely explains why they pop up in the middle of the worst spring weather.

There's a lot of research available on the internet.

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