The American Robin of the Pacific Northwest
The American Robin can be found throughout North America. Male robins have a dark gray to almost black back and tail with a rusty red colored breast. The female is paler all over. The juvenile robins like all thrushes have a spotted breast. Robins can live up to five years.
Only the male robin sings, but both sexes have calls and alarm notes. You typically hear the robin in the spring first thing in the morning and last thing before dark. When l hear them in the new year, it is a sure sign that warm weather is almost here.
Robins are attracted to open lawns and gardens with mature shrubbery and trees. While they eat a variety of insects and berries, it has been noted that robins can eat up to 4 meters of earthworms in a day. Robins find earthworms by cocking their head to the side so that they can see. They have monocular vision, which means their eyes are on the sides of the head, and each eye can be used independently. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t hear the earthworms. You will likely find robins in your yard after a rain, after the sprinkler has been on, or even after the lawn has been mowed, as this brings out the worms and insects.
American Robins typically nest April through May and can have two or even three broods in a season. The female does most of the nest building. It typically takes about five to six days to build the nest. You can put out a small pan of mud along nesting materials like grass, string, pet hair and watch the robins collect these materials to make their nests.
Robins will lay up to 4 eggs and the female will incubate them for up to 14 days. Both parents guard the nest from danger. The babies are fully feathered in about 10 days and leave the nest by 16 days of age.