Feb 19 2013
Have you noticed? There aren’t many robins in Pittsburgh right now.
In December it was another story. Every day I watched hundreds feast on the ornamental fruit trees in Oakland. Their numbers fell slightly in early January, then surged again on the 13th when I saw so many that I recorded their number as ? (infinity) in my notebook.
But they ate all the fruit and the ground was too frozen to find worms and invertebrates, so they left. If I’m lucky I see one or two robins a day.
This situation is only temporary. The robins wintering in Florida are getting restless. Soon they’ll come north, following the 37oF average daily temperature isotherm and the arrival of the Spring.
You can watch their progress and contribute your own observations on the Journey North website. Click here to see an animated map of the Robin Wave.
We’re in a robin hiatus now but they’ll be back soon. My prediction is March 5. What do you think?
(photo by Chuck Tague)