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[nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: January 11, 2013 08:51AM
Apparently not, but what DO they do? Yesterday morning was unseasonably warm and some kinda birds could be heard in the neighborhood en masse as if to say, "Spring is here!" and today I went outside and there's about 6 robins and a bluejay on the lawn angling for worms or whatever. It did rain but c'mon.
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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: Acer
Date: January 11, 2013 09:03AM
a) Some birds stay year round.
b) Some birds leave your area completely.
c) Some birds come to your area as their "south" for the winter.
d) Some birds fly long distances to migrate.
e) Some birds gradually shift south as conditions require it (e.g., lakes freeze, food sources diminish).

The robins and jays are probably best described as a mix of "a" "c" "e."

Robins, for example, change their habits. In winter, they flock up, move into sheltered thickets and eat a of dried fruit. They may move south, they may not, but they don't fly to South America or anything dramatic. When the ground thaws, they spread back out into the open to look for worms. Your robins visible now may actually breed to the north.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/11/2013 09:06AM by Acer.
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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 11, 2013 09:08AM
only if accompanied by Batman......???



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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: DP
Date: January 11, 2013 09:13AM
We have robins year 'round. Fewer in Winter but they stay. I always watch for the Juncos to arrive. They come South to here for the Winter!



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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: billb
Date: January 11, 2013 09:16AM
I have some robin hanging around this Winter.

10 years ago there was one outside my kitchen window every morning eating the red berries in a tall briar patch .

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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: samintx
Date: January 11, 2013 09:22AM
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DP
We have robins year 'round. Fewer in Winter but they stay. I always watch for the Juncos to arrive. They come South to here for the Winter!

Yes, but they must migrate because in the spring at a certain time the park across from me gets plastered with robins migrating in as a group.
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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 11, 2013 09:31AM
ask Nightwing......???



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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: billb
Date: January 11, 2013 10:10AM
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deckeda
Yesterday morning was unseasonably warm and some kinda birds could be heard in the neighborhood en masse as if to say, "Spring is here!" and today I went outside and there's about 6 robins and a bluejay on the lawn angling for worms or whatever. It did rain but c'mon.

Maybe they were Rocking Robins .
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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: samintx
Date: January 11, 2013 10:36AM
ah...now that is a newtism, Mr. billb !
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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: January 11, 2013 10:46AM
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samintx
ah...now that is a newtism, Mr. billb !

......... like a round robin (tournament) ? ......
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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: January 11, 2013 10:55AM
The neighborhood cats eat them.

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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: January 11, 2013 10:59AM
"How the hell should I know?" ...

"The fish don't go no place. They stay right where they are, the fish. Right in the goddamn lake."
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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 11, 2013 02:49PM
Yes.



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Re: [nature] Do robins and other common birds fly south in winter?
Posted by: vicrock
Date: January 11, 2013 09:30PM
Not around here - they stay all winter in western WA
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