Winter Flocks

January 6, 2023 by Team Journey North

In winter, American robins are found from in large groups feeding on berries and nuts.

“On a cold rainy day out of nowhere about 2 dozen robins, males and females, arrived.” Photo: Debbie in Mebane, NC (12/15/2023)

It’s January

In winter, American Robins are found from north to south. Some are basking in southeastern and southwestern U.S. while others are enduring the winter snows in northern regions. Many are somewhere in between. As long as they can find fruits or berries, some may stay close to their summer breeding range even in fall and winter.

Because they move in search of food, American Robins are not as faithful to their wintering grounds as most other songbirds. In the winter, American Robins wander in flocks and help one another find food and avoid predators.

Sandra in Neenah, WI: “A male Robin never left my yard this fall. He was in the heated birdbath today in below zero weather.” (12/23/2022)

Amy in Weed, CA: “Possibly closer to 200 robins flocking in our front yard of pine, juniper and manzanita. I didn’t get a very usable photo as they are easily scared off by the slightest movement. The photo submitted is just a handful at the top of the driveway drinking from rain puddles. They also enjoyed drinking from our rain gutters.” (12/20/2022)

Keep Reporting Your Observations and Submitting Photos

Soon we will hear the first territorial songs of the American Robin. Be ready to hear this iconic song of spring.