The robin’s return to campus is always welcome, although, according to the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation, some robins choose to overwinter in Alberta. Whether they decide to head south – some flying as far as southern Mexico and Guatemala – has less to do with the temperature and more to do with whether there is enough food to sustain them over the winter.
While this fine-feathered-friend didn’t divulge its travel routes, spotting a robin on campus is a true sign of spring. Hearing one is an even greater pleasure – as robins sing when they arrive in their breeding territories. Robins usually lay two sets of eggs a year, starting in late April or early May. Both females and males feed and care for three to four nestlings once they hatch.