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Old 11-10-2011, 07:10 AM
 
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I thought I saw two robins this morning. Is that possible?
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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Yes, it is absolutely possible and actually likely. Robins can live in Central Texas year-round. Personally, I don't remember seeing any this summer, but I have heard them occasionally. But I know I saw them last winter. In addition to Robins that may stay the whole year, there is also a group that will winter here. So it will be more likely to see them in the winter, as we will have both groups. In the winter, you are more likely to see them in groups, especially feeding on berries. The male and female look similar, but the males have a darker black head and a slightly darker red breast. There is a pale phase robin that just looks washed out, but I believe those are more commonly seen further west. Robins are not seed eaters, so you don't see them at feeders. Robins are worm specialists, and can be seen with their heads cocked to the side on a lawn, listening for worms. They also can sense the vibration of worm movement through their feet. They also eat berries, but mostly do this during the fall and winter. I don't know if the drought and subsequent shortage of berries may push some birds to other areas, and we will see fewer this winter. Robins have a variety of calls and songs, but the one I love is the warbling cheerily cherri-up cherrio song. They always sing in a series of warbling phrases, followed by a pause, and then repeated. We will hear that more as spring comes, and the males are feeling their hormones. Great sighting! I hope I see some!
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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I've seen Robins, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Woodpeckers, a stray cockatiel in my backyard.

I miss seagulls tho. Haven't seen one of those since I moved from CA about 6 years ago.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I miss seagulls tho.
Go to the city landfill, there are usually some there .
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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I usually see them in the spring when they are migrating. Could be they are on their way further south this time around.
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Saw a bald eagle the other day flying over head. I am assuming its from the ones that winter around the Lakes since I am closer to them than downtown Austin( far north Leander/Liberty Hill area)
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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I usually see them in the spring when they are migrating. Could be they are on their way further south this time around.
You are right. I neglected to say in my post that we could have any of the following: an all-year resident, an over-wintering bird, or one migrating through. In our area, a Robin could be from any of these groups.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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We're on a major migration path, so it's certainly possible. It's also why Austin turns into a recreation of The Birds every year.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:17 AM
 
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Robins would stay year around in WA.
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I don't recall winter/fall robins in Austin, but clearly they are migrating right now as we had three in our front yard at the birdbath a couple of days ago here in northern Delaware. Normally they are Spring and early Summer birds here. They seemed oddly out of place and must have been on their way to points farther South. No idea of how far north they go over the course of the summer.
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