Robins Are Back! How to Help Them This Spring

As temperatures in Virginia steadily rise during the spring, many Virginians notice more and more American Robins appearing in backyards and at bird feeders. Some people consider robins the “harbingers of spring”, which means they are right on time. From early-to-mid-March, these birds seem to be everywhere!

Many American Robins living in the United States are non-migratory and actually spend the entire year in their established habitats, but they’re less noticeable, since they spend more time roosting in trees during winter months. Segments of the population that do migrate south for the winter – not because of the cold weather, but because of food resources – are making their way north again.

If you’ve been seeing huge flocks of robins around your neighborhood this month, take note: these are likely male robins! Males return to their breeding grounds before the females to stake out a territory. The females stay behind and arrive a few days to about two weeks later when conditions are more favorable for nest-building.

How to Help Robins This Spring

  • The Wildlife Center treated 110 American Robins during 2022. This was the most numerous passerine species admitted. Of these cases, approximately 34% were admitted due to being attacked by outdoor cats or dogs. Keep cats indoors to protect robins – and all wildlife – this year!
  • Approximately 25% of American Robins admitted during 2022 were injured after colliding with windows or vehicles. Read more about how to prevent this significant source of injury and mortality for avian species.
  • If you find a baby robin this spring that you believe has been orphaned, take the time to think twice before attempting a rescue. It’s normal for fledgling birds to be on the ground as they learn to fly, and their parents are often watching from afar. Learn more about what to do if you find a baby bird.

As these robins continue their journeys north, take a moment to watch and enjoy these charismatic birds. Happy spring!