Hello once again! Today’s bird is the “American robin”. It was given it’s name by early settler’s who thought it resembled the English robin. But the American robin is not actually a robin, but a thrush and it is the largest thrush in N. America, about 10 inches (25cm) long. It is also perhaps the most well known bird in N. America and one of the most widespread. It breeds all over N. America from Alaska and the northern tundra regions of Canada down to Mexico. It will raise 2 and sometimes 3 broods per year, even this far north. Usually 3 to 5 eggs are laid each time, but only about 25% of the young will survive until November. Yet it is one of the most numerous birds on the continent. Although birds can live up to 14 years, few do so and on average there is a complete changeover of the population every 6 years. Few robins actually live longer than 2 years. They have many enemies, most notably hawks, owls and ravens. But robins are very adaptable birds, originally a forest bird they can now be found everywhere except in marshy areas. They have a cheerful song and are one of the earliest birds to return in spring. They are also the first bird to sing in the morning, normally while it is still dark, and the last to sing at night, well after darkness has come again. They will build their nest most anywhere and often pick some very odd nesting places. They average 180 trips a day building their nest. Both parents look after the young.
Thank you for reading, have a wonderful weekend and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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