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American robin: Think spring
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:24 PM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

American robins are common sights on lawns across North America, where you often see them in the spring tugging earthworms out of the ground.

Robins are popular birds for their warm orange breast, cheery song and early appearance at the end of the winter. Though they’re familiar town and city birds, American robins are at home in wilder areas, too, including mountains, forests and Alaskan wilderness.

An Alaskan robin can produce three successful broods in one year. On average, though, only 25 percent of those fledged young survive to November. From that point on, about half of the robins alive in any year will make it till the next. The entire population turns over on average every six years.