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Re: [AK Birding] Robin - resident or early migrant?

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  • Chris Maack
    A couple of other people have told me about robins hanging out at feeders, eating seed and being motionless most of the time. Those reports were too early for
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 1, 2006
      A couple of other people have told me about robins hanging out at
      feeders, eating seed and being motionless most of the time. Those
      reports were too early for the migrants. Because of the similar
      behavior, I would guess your bird overwintered, Gary.

      Chris Maack
      Anchorage

      On Apr 1, 2006, at 11:07 PM, Gary Bullock wrote:

      > I know that quite a few robins overwinter here in Anchorage.  Is there
      > any way to visually differentiate an early migrant from an
      > overwintering bird?  I haven't seen one here at my place near Huffman
      > & Birch since last fall.  This morning I had one eating mixed bird
      > seed from my tray feeder a few inches above the ground under a large
      > spruce canopy.  It looked kind of frazzled.  The plumage was overall
      > dull, and the upper breast looked dirty or almost grayish.  It's
      > feathers looked to be in pretty good shape overall.  For a good part
      > of the time, it sat motionless. During these motionless periods,its
      > wings were folded but the wingtip primaries were drooping almost
      > halfway between the normal stowed position (in line with the tail)and
      > the ground.  It camped out on the tray feeder for most of the day with
      > only a few short disappearances.  I put some mountain ash berries out
      > there and it gulped those down too.  It also drank water from my
      > nearby heated water dish.
      > Any ideas?
      >
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    • Gary Bullock
      I know that quite a few robins overwinter here in Anchorage. Is there any way to visually differentiate an early migrant from an overwintering bird? I
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 1, 2006
        I know that quite a few robins overwinter here in Anchorage. Is there
        any way to visually differentiate an early migrant from an
        overwintering bird? I haven't seen one here at my place near Huffman
        & Birch since last fall. This morning I had one eating mixed bird
        seed from my tray feeder a few inches above the ground under a large
        spruce canopy. It looked kind of frazzled. The plumage was overall
        dull, and the upper breast looked dirty or almost grayish. It's
        feathers looked to be in pretty good shape overall. For a good part
        of the time, it sat motionless. During these motionless periods,its
        wings were folded but the wingtip primaries were drooping almost
        halfway between the normal stowed position (in line with the tail)and
        the ground. It camped out on the tray feeder for most of the day with
        only a few short disappearances. I put some mountain ash berries out
        there and it gulped those down too. It also drank water from my
        nearby heated water dish.
        Any ideas?

        Gary Bullock
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