Red Deer River Naturalists

The Red Deer river Naturalists are a group dedicated to learning about and preserving natural history. They have regular programs with speakers and many field trips.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Large Flocks of Robins in Red Deer

     Today I noticed about 50 Robins in my block feeding on Mountain Ash berries. The first Robin I saw this spring was Mar. 28. I would think other birders had seen robins before that date. I saw only 2 or 3 birds and for most of the time no birds. So today it was surprising to see so many Robins in a small area. I walked around my neighborhood and they were only in my block. Scott Raabis reported the same activity with Robins in his area. I'm sure there were other areas of the city that had the 50 or so robins.


     I think that the few early robins we get are those that winter not very far south from us. The robins that appeared today probably winter much further south and fly north in a flock. The early robins seem to appear in ones and twos.


     The robins today were very active. They were eating large amounts of Mountain Ash berries. They were flying around from tree to tree and across the street. There was much chatter and the odd one was calling for a partner. 


     So it was great to see some action on the Robin front.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shout-out. Happy birding!

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  2. Thanks for following Natural Wise. Your Face book comment just fit in with what I was writing about.

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  3. Cold Lake AB. Today driving home on my county road could only go 10km/hr there were so many robins on the road and huge flocks flying. I usually only see one or two all summer - was phenomenal - hundreds of them, I have never seen this in my 64 years.

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  4. Cold Lake AB. Today driving home on my county road could only go 10km/hr there were so many robins on the road and huge flocks flying. I usually only see one or two all summer - was phenomenal - hundreds of them, I have never seen this in my 64 years.

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  5. Thanks Julie for dropping in to Natural Wise.
    We usually don't see such large flocks of Robins in the spring. They usually spread out by the time they get here. Interesting that you experienced the large flocks as other have reported.

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