American Robins in the Fall

When we see our “first Robin of Spring”, hopping and running, foraging for insects and worms, we get excited; we tell others “they’re back!”  We see it as one of the first signs that Spring is finally here.  Then by summer’s end, the American Robin disappears from our yards and parks, as many birds do.

Were you aware that the American Robin doesn’t migrate huge distances as many others?  They will spend their entire fall & winter in their breeding range throughout the U.S., maybe only just miles away from their nesting areas, flocking with other American Robins at places where there are trees & bushes laden with autumn and winter berries & seed to eat.


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American Robin snacking on berries


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Down the hatch!


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American Robin – An Autumn Profile


So if you need a “Robin fix” and cannot wait until Spring, you can find them now if you look in the right berry-licious places!

(Photos recently taken at Blackwater NWR, Cambridge, Maryland)


36 thoughts on “American Robins in the Fall

  1. Nice catch on the second image with the tongue and mouth open! Some even overwinter here in the ravines as evidenced by the Christmas Bird Count. I do enjoy seeing them today, especially since we have a fresh fall of snow.

    • Thank you, Jane, pure luck! 🙂 I love that some do stay around for you up in Canada! I know all birds have some that do stay as residents and have learned how to survive. I hope you can capture them with snow, I’d love to see that.

  2. I just hope to see some of these guys in my backyard like every year. Great shots Donna! 🙂

    • Jane from Canada just commented that they have year-round Robins. How cool to see them in the snow! So Robins do seem to survive cold/snow, it’s the food supply they follow/chase.

  3. Our front yard crabapple trees are full of robins right now. I’m happy to have them eat every last berry. I love that shot of the robin with the berry on its tongue! Amazing!

  4. Beautiful Donna! How lovely that we mark seasons by the arrival and presence of various birds. My wife and I do likewise. Our Robins are quite different to your American version. We have about 18 different species which makes it a challenge to find them as they usually are bush birds and not seen much around homes, though they are curious of humans and will often follow us along the track. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Thank you, Ashley! Wow, 18 different Robin species! That’s like our sparrows, we have so many, they can be a challenge to ID as well. I do love a curious bird, they give such the cutest looks when studying us! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend as well!

  5. Nice photos, especially that “lucky” one. Today’s trivia: I always thought that despite being orange, robin red-breast got their name from from old nursery rhymes that originated in England and therefore in England they have red breast. Nope. Turns out that until some time in the 1500s there was no English word for the color orange. Sometime after the fruit orange was introduced the name of the fruit became the name for the color we now call orange.

  6. Marvelous shots as always! The berry catch looks like a great reward for some patience. Seems my timing is much worse, generally giving up just before some ‘perfect’ moment! 😠

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