How many robins are too many?

The robins are active, singing early in the morning before the sun comes up, and carrying nesting material to their nesting spots.

Roger Tory Peteson described the American robin as “the one bird that everyone knows.”

Every year the Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors the Great Backyard Bird count, a weekend for any interested person to record all the individual birds he sees and send in a report to Cornell. This year the Count was on February 12-15.

As of the most recent report that I saw, the most-reported bird across Us and Canada was the Northern cardinal.

Back to the robin. Saint Petersburg, FL, had a roost of robins topping one million birds. Now that is a lot of birds for one city!

My own report to the Count showed sightings of 19 species within about a mile of my house, with the American crow being the most individuals, namely 12.


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