Spring Migration
Watch this seasons's story unfold.


American Robin in snow

Get Ready

Track spring migration as robins travel to the breeding grounds.

Seeing Robins?
February 1

Report where robins are
present this winter.

Flocking to Berries
February 8

People are reporting flocks of robins feeding on trees laden with winter berries.

Singing in Spring
February 15

Distinguish the robin's true song from other common vocalizations.

Migratory Restlessness
February 22

The urge to migrate is building as the breeding season approaches.

A Day in the Life
March 1

March is peak migration month. Imagine a day in the life of a migrating robin.


Finding Water
March 8

Drinking, bathing, and hunting — migrating robins need water.

Snow and Cold
March 15

How are robins coping with March's see-saw weather?

Hunkered Down
March 22

As winter Storm Stella blew through last week robins hunkered down.


Spring into Action
March 29

As breeding season begins robins spring into action — singing, claiming, battling, and wooing.

April Arrivals
April 5

While many robins are still en route to their breeding grounds, those on territory have begun the nesting cycle.

Nesting Season Underway
April 12

Where do robins build their nests and what signs of nesting can you see?


Nests and Eggs
April 19

Females are laying and incubating eggs — babies will be hatching soon.

Migration Complete!
April 26

All across their breeding range, robins are home. It's time for raising babies.

Raising Babies
May 3

Robins are raising the next generation.




Spring Migration 2016
Watch the spring migration story unfold.

American Robin in snow

American Robin

Get Ready

Help track spring migration as robins travel to their breeding grounds.

February 3, 2016

Report first robin, waves of robins, first song heard, and first earthworms.

Finding Food and Water
February 10, 2016

What foods are your wintering robins eating? Where are they finding water?

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Surprising Observers
February 17, 2016

Sightings in 40 states and 2 provinces. What foods are robins eating?

Getting Restless?
February 24, 2016

Watch for a shift in robin behavior as temperatures warm and snow melts.

Peak Migration Month
March 2, 2016

FIRST reports outnumber WAVE and robins are starting to sing on territory.

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Singing on Territory
March 9, 2016

Observers are hearing male robins singing their true song!

Claiming Territory
March 16, 2016

FIRST HEARD reports doubled as males sang claim to territories.

Crossing Canada
March 23, 2016

Robins reported from 8 of the 10 Canadian provinces.

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Signs of Change
March 30, 2016

Singing in more northern places and nest building begins.

Migrating, Settling, Nesting
April 6, 2016

Robins have reached Juneau, Alaska
at 58.4 latitude.

Slowed by Cold and Snow
April 13, 2016

Robins are still en route to northern end of their summer breeding range.

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April 20, 2016

Homeward-bound robins have arrived across most of the breeding range and are now nesting.

Migration Complete!
April 27, 2016

As our northernmost observation post celebrates new arrivals, others are welcoming babies.

Nesting Season
May 11, 2016

Robins are home and busy raising the next generation.

Archives: Spring 2015