The American Robin breeds throughout most of North America, from Alaska and Canada southward to northern Florida and Mexico. While robins occasionally overwinter in the northern part of the United States and southern Canada, most migrate to winter south of Canada from Florida and the Gulf Coast to central Mexico, as well as along the Pacific Coast. Most depart south by the end of August and begin to return north in February and March (exact dates vary with latitude and climate). The distance by which robins migrate varies significantly depending on their initial habitat; a study found that individual robins tagged in Alaska are known to travel as much as 3.5x further across seasons than robins tagged in Massachusetts.
Brown Thrashers are typically monogamous birds, but mate-switching does occur, at times during the same season. Their breeding season varies by region. In the southeastern United States, the breeding months begin in February and March, while May and June see the commencement of breeding in the northern portion of their breeding range. When males enter the breeding grounds, their territory can range from 2 to 10 acres (0.81 to 4.05 ha). Around this time of the year the males are usually at their most active, singing loudly to attract potential mates, and are found on top of perches. The courting ritual involves the exchanging of probable nesting material. Males will sing gentler as they sight a female, and this enacts the female to grab a twig or leaf and present it to the male, with flapping wings and chirping sounds. The males might also present a gift in response and approach the female. Both sexes will take part in nest building once mates find each other, and will mate after the nest is completed.
We had robins galore this year, but they’re gone now. They left about two weeks ago — I miss the one that came to my feeder every day.
The robins hardly come to my feeders, they just inspect every in of my backyard for all kinds of bugs, usually after raining days. In fact I saw one robin yesterday. We had a terrible night of storms and wind. With tornados north of our area. Thank you, Linda. 🙂
The Thrasher has a very interesting and unique courting ritual to other birds HJ, thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Ashley. It’s true. 🙂
We have robins year-round in the mid-Atlantic. I’ve read ‘ours’ move from their summer breeding areas and flock together in areas where berries are prevalent. I’ve seen them many times at the Maryland and Delaware refuges during the winter months. 🙂
BTW, how did you make out with the latest string of bad weather? I saw this morning about Atlanta’s nearby tornado that hit.
We had storm that started last night around 9:00 pm and continued overnight up to this morning at 5:00 am. Thunders, wind and flashes of lightening all night. Luckily the tornados touched ground about 20 or 30 miles north of our area. Yesterday I saw a robin perched on a fence near my backyard. The day was very humid ,warm and dark. No photos. Thank you for sharing, Donna. 🙂
Glad to hear you made it through okay, HJ! Have a great weekend!
Wonderful to see the robin and thrasher here, HJ, two birds we are so lucky to have in North America. I liked reading that the male thrasher sings more gently when courting the female. Thrashers are such incredible songsters, and this info adds to their magic.
The thrasher is the the bird of the State of Georgia. It’s a cool bird that mind its on business, very similar to the robin, they both show their faces after rain, looking for worms or anything that moves on the wet ground. One thing that called my attention one day was, I saw several robins “working” the ground but they were in a formation like when a group of people are looking for a dead body. All lining up side by side about a couple of feet apart. What an organized group! Thank you, my friend for your visit and comment. 🙂
Am I correct in thinking that you American Robin is akin to what we know as Thrushes in these parts, H.J?
Yes, you’re correct, D. I don’t know how it became a family or when but you must remember that Africa and The Americas were together as a land and broke apart eons ago. There’s a part of Africa that will separate again sometime in the future. Thank you, D. 🙂