Northern Arrivals

April 2, 2021 by Team Journey North

As spring progresses, more American Robins are arriving in northern breeding territories. Farther south, signs of nesting behavior have begun. Report your observations to Journey North.

“First robin. Slight snow on the ground and in the forecast today.” Photo by: Pamela (Neebing, ON; 03/27/2021)

Arriving Farther North

April is here and American Robins are venturing farther north. How does the pace of migration compare to previous years? Explore our maps to find out.

Kathalin in Rocky View County, AB: “Yay! Robins are here!” (03/22/2021)

Ruth in Big Arm, MT: “Very late this year but she’s finally here!” (03/28/2021)

Winter is still holding on in certain locations, but more favorable weather is on the way.

Gail in Caribou, ME: “Male robin looking for food in the snow and significant wind. If he can survive for another day or so, it’s forecasted to warm up a bit.” (03/29/2021)

Hearing Robins?

Male American Robins arrive first on breeding grounds and begin to mark their territory by singing. Listen for their territorial song (also known as the “True Song”). Tracking the first songs of males is a reliable way to predict when the wave of spring migration reaches you. 

Melissa in Hometown, IL: “I had 2 robins today chirping and singing.” (03/23/2021)

Tedd in New Kensington, PA: “Heard True Song this morning shortly before sunrise. Heard at least 3 sessions over a half hour or so.” (03/26/2021)

Nesting has Begun

Where American Robins are singing, nesting is next. Nesting season is just beginning. It will not be long before the next generation arrives.

Paul in Mayville, MI: “There are 7 nests on the roof support beams of my house and studio. Some were used last year.” (03/25/2021)

Crystal in Louisville, KY: “Saw a robin getting a nest ready that’s tucked behind our gutters.” (03/28/2021)

Foraging for Worms

Be on the lookout for American Robins foraging on the ground as spring rains drive earthworms out of the soil.

Roberta in Cheltenham, PA: “Robins have moved from the woods back to our lawn, where I saw this guy working really hard to get a big worm out of the ground.” (03/11/2021)

Continue to Report Observations

Report what American Robin robin activities you are seeing and hearing. Use the spring checklist to learn what to watch for this spring. If possible, include photos in your reports. And please make sure your photo is properly rotated before submitting.