October: Feeding on the Fly

October 7, 2022 by Team Journey North

Fall migration peaks in October. Some American Robins fly south, but others stick around — and move around — during the winter months.

Photo: J in Vermillion, SD (10/04/2022)

October Is Here

Fall migration peaks in October. Some American Robins fly south in winter; however, some stick around — and move around — in northern locations where food can be found. Robins that stay will have the advantage of first choice of the best territories in spring. Meanwhile, migrating robins find plentiful berries all along the journey south. Robins don’t migrate on a particular route but fly in flocks, looking for food. Down feathers grow under outer feathers, adding extra insulation against winter’s cold.

SP in Lebanon, NJ: “Robins have started gathering into foraging flocks in recent days.” (10/03/2022)

Rick in Lake Park, MN: “The fall migration is on in force. Many large flocks moving through the orchard. Most I counted was approximately 35 in one group. Not easy to count!” (10/06/2022)

Keep Observing and Reporting 

This fall migration season, report your observations of American Robins. Don’t forget to share photos!