Summary: American robins may become nuisances to people by tapping on reflective surfaces, such as windowpanes and mirrors. They may also wake people up very early in the morning because that is their favorite time to sing.
Wisconsin's claims the American robin as its state bird, but this bird can be found all over North America. The American robin is a songbird with a high-pitched, upbeat tune. The robin sings when it is hungry or to warn other robins against predators. It especially enjoys singing early in the morning, and is usually the first bird to do so at dawn. So, while you may be annoyed by a bird waking you, to other birds, it certainly is a Rockin' Robin.
The American robin is quite a large bird measuring between 8 and 11 inches in height, and having a wingspan of 12 to 16 inches. The main physical difference
between a male and female American robin is that the female usually has feathers that are paler in color. Both males and females have white moon-shaped patches surrounding their eyes. They have brown feathers and red or orange feathers on their breast. They have white feathers on their throat and near their tail, as well as a yellow bill.
Female robins guard the nest, while male robins assemble in roosts. There can be hundreds of thousands of robins in a single roost alone. That is one big party! Females join the males when they are done nesting.
American robins typically breed from April through July. The females make nests out of mud, twigs, grass, and feathers. American robins usually lay eggs two or three times each year, with about three to five eggs per brood. A new nest is built for each brood. Only about 40 percent of nests produce healthy young robins.
The eggs of a robin are about an inch in length and are blue. (This is where Crayola got the idea for the crayon called Robin's Egg Blue!) As with many other types of birds, there are albino robins. Partial albino robins can have pure white feathers and normal eye coloration. True albino robins, however, lack pigmentation in their eyes. This causes them to be blind at a very early age.
American robins like to eat fruit, berries, caterpillars, earthworms, beetle grubs, grasshoppers, and even small snakes. Their appetites change depending on the time of day. These robins each have an esophagus that widens in order for them to store food. The males and females both try to gather as much food as possible for their young chicks. They can feed the chicks up to one hundred times per day. And, humans complain when they have to get up once in the middle of the night to feed a new baby.
The average lifespan of an American robin is about six years. One robin was known to live for fourteen years, but this lifespan is extremely rare.
American robins like to fly around gardens, yards, and forest areas. You might see robins flying around your yard, searching for food, and returning home to their nests deep inside your trees or shrubs.
Now that you have some background on the American robin, you may be wondering why such an intricate bird could be a pest to you and your family. Well, the robin could eat any plants that you may be growing. Also, it could cause damage to your windshields, windowpanes, mirrors, and other reflective surfaces by pecking at them. They often build their nests in places you would prefer to remain nest-free.
If you discover a robin's nest on your property, a good suggestion is to leave it alone. If you move it, the mother robin may not return to the nest, not due to human handling, but because she does not associate the nest with the new surroundings.
There is a good chance that not all of the eggs in the nest will develop into young robins. If this is the case, the adult robins will dispose of the bad eggs after the others have hatched. So, if you physically move or touch the nest, the adult robins will not return and some of the eggs will go rotten. I guarantee you do not want that smell lingering in your backyard.
The good news is that the female robin only takes two weeks to incubate the eggs, and the young robins only take an additional two weeks to mature. They will then leave the nest, and the female robin will either build a new one or fly south for the winter. You can dispose of the nest as soon as the robins leave it. However, if you notice that the female robin begins to build a new nest, you should move it or knock it down before she hatches her eggs. Otherwise, you will have to repeat the cycle again.
Unfortunately, you are going to have to become a morning person for about a month because the robins will be singing bright and early to wake you up.
02 May 2013, 21:11
I don't know if this comment section is still active, but I'll give it a
try. I was giving a honeysuckle bush a very much needed deep pruning when I
came upon a robin's nest (there's one egg in there). It was too late. I'd
already pruned off much of the cover. I was still there when the mother
came back, and she started sounding what I took to be a distress chirp. My
worry is that predators will see the egg and take it. Is that possible?
Ask the Exterminator
03 May 2013, 07:39
This site is alive and well, but you posted your question in the comments
box. Regardless, the egg will be found and eaten. That's Nature's way. The
robin will quickly produce more eggs, so not to worry.
02 Jun 2013, 07:22
Why do some chirp all day and all night without stop?
Only one lives in a tree behind my apartment and I have noticed it has
never stopped chirping for the last month.
Also, Is there any way to make it move on to another tree or area?
Can't have the window open without going insane because of it.
04 Jun 2013, 21:02
We have 3 baby robins that hatched about 5 days ago... one of the babies
has fallen out a couple of times because it looks like the bottom has given
way. Is there anything I can do to fix the nest or will the mother robin
06 Jun 2013, 09:29
If the robin has left a nest of eggs, should I throw out the whole nest?
She has re used it many times. I saw her sitting near it, but for some
reason she won't sit on the eggs anymore. It's been 3 days. She keeps
coming back & then just flying away. Is she waiting for me to throw the
eggs away? And will she build a new nest, or use this one Again?
Ask the Exterminator
06 Jun 2013, 15:01
Is she waiting for you to throw the eggs away? Have you discovered some new
form of communication with another species? No, she is not waiting for you
to do anything, nor should you. I would remove the nest if it sits on your
house because of the mites that could infest your home.
10 Jun 2013, 06:30
I hate Robins they are annoying as heck. I've had this one stupid robins I
don't care I've thrown at it, made noise over it for hours this stupid bird
will not move on. I hate this loud chirping retarded ass bird. How can I
get it to get the hell away from my house making noise at 2am to 5am EVERY
10 Jun 2013, 06:35
Not to mention this bird started doing it's chirping at 2am back in April
2013 it's now June 2013.
20 Jun 2013, 22:51
What happened to the female robin if the male is the onlybone feeding the
babies? Will they survive?
Ask the Exterminator
21 Jun 2013, 09:52
They should if the male continues to be attentive.
21 Jun 2013, 18:17
We had robins build a nest by our front door. The babies flew out this
afternoon. How long before we can remove the nest?
Ask the Exterminator
24 Jun 2013, 10:52
Remove the nest now.
04 Jul 2013, 08:37
robin singing all day for 3 weeks I am about to loose my mind...Im buying a
09 Jul 2013, 11:14
This is really going to sound odd.
I have a Robin on my backyard swing and has been their for 2 days now. I
found that she has an egg on the cushion of the swing. The Robin sits next
to it and one time put her wing over it but does not sit on it....Is this
normal...this egg is white with brown speckles not blue....I don't know
what to do...I don't want to take the egg away...I feel bad for her....she
sits next to the egg and looks like she is incubating it but never on top
of it....Any ideas or suggestions?
24 Jan 2014, 13:59
An early arrival [third week of January 2014] of robins visit outside my
office window daily. They eat the berries. One died and I think it was the
one that was trying to eat a berry and might have choked or it died from
the frigid temperatures. The weird thing was that it disappeared from the
spot where it lay and the other robins kept on feeding. There were no
footprints in the snow showing it was carried away by a human. What
happened to it? Could the robins have moved it elsewhere? I read another
comment of a similar experience, where a dead robin had been moved after a
person had made sure it was dead and was in a different location not put
there by the person who had found it dead.
21 Apr 2014, 12:08
We have robins taking over our truck. They hang out on it all day and
their droppings are ruining our vehicle. We've tried parking the truck in
the nearby park for a few days, but when we bring it back -- they find it
again! We also tried an owl on the back of the truck while its parked
there. I heard that birds don't like owls. Well these guys sit right next
to it!!! Is there anything we can do to get rid of these birds?? I don't
believe they are nesting, because there is no twigs, mud, straw on/near the
truck. Please help!!
25 Apr 2014, 02:43
A robin made a nest on my front porch light every time we open the door she
flies away ... I was going to move nest but when we came home tonight there
are four eggs.will the birds become agreesive once eggs hatch ? We have to
use the door but I don't know what to expect once they hatch. I don't want
myself or children getting attacked by them as we enter and exit the home.
27 Apr 2014, 11:09
Hi there. We had a robin build a next on a window sill of our home. There
were 4 eggs in the nest but we noticed yesterday the eggs and the robin are
now gone, and a second different style nest is being built right next to
the first. I looked around on the ground for evidence of the eggs being
attacked and saw nothing. It is possible she moved her eggs to a different
nest? It seems unlikely but I can't see any other explanation. Thanks.
05 May 2014, 12:16
We have a female robin who has issues. It has chosen my car to perch on It
poops all over it completely covering windows doors and mirrors with a
quater inch of poop .It will try to run up the windshield sliding down
pooping all the way.I will scare it off it will fly to the ground and watch
me untill i leave then back to were she was. how do i get rid of it short
of killing it. i cant wash my car a dozen times a day .Thank You Dave
08 May 2014, 14:58
hi how are you
30 May 2014, 15:44
We have a robins nest and 3 eggs on our front step but neither robin has
been back since which has been about 10 days? Will they live?
13 Jun 2014, 10:11
I've have the same problem CALLIE. It's been 5 days since the mother Robin
has came back to her nest. I think the reason was we cut down several
shrubs beside the next, but her nest is up high on our porch. Not sure
what to do either, or if the babies will live???
14 Jun 2014, 13:54
we have a nest of baby robins in our kids tree house. they have grown over
the last week but the are no longer chirping. Do you think the mother left
16 Jul 2014, 12:15
I, too have been annoyed by the incessant cheeping of a robin in my back
It seems like an alarm call, but since its young have probably fledged a
while ago (it's mid-July), I don't know what it's on about.
I'm happy to hear it singing at 5 in the morning, but the all-day cheeping
is rather annoying.
Any idea what's inciting this behavior?
01 Sep 2014, 14:42
Robins are beautiful birds, in fact all birds are. The idea that any of you
are complaining about them chirping or singing is completely absurd to me.
I think you all need to learn to appreciate nature or go live somewhere
without it. Try sleeping a night in NYC and then complain to me about
noise. Give Thanks for these birds instead of attempting to exterminate
06 Apr 2015, 12:24
I have a pregnant Robin by our house. We have a window above our front door
and if you were to look through the window from the outside you could see
bushes because we have a ledge right below the window where we keep some
fake grasses and bushes. She keeps banging on the window because we think
she wants to nest there. How do we keep her away from the window. We are
afraid she will get hurt from so much banging.
Ask the Exterminator
06 Apr 2015, 12:41
Robins are territorial. They see their reflection in the window and attack.
The only way to resolve the issue is to cover the window to eliminate the
reflection. Otherwise, let her bang away.
28 Apr 2015, 11:20
I don't know if it's OCD or what, but I find these beasts unbearable. I
live in suburban Madison, Wisconsin, prime nesting area for a Robin and my
home is surrounded by evergreens, which the birds seem to like for their
nests (if they don't put it on top of my A/C or porch light). Males don't
seem to gather much food as best I can tell, they mostly just sit somewhere
within eyesight of the nest and make as much noise as they can, presumably
to distract predators from the nest. They are the loudest, most persistent
birds I've ever had the displeasure of listening to. The Cardinals are
fine, even the nuisance sparrows don't bother me, but those Robins never
shut up. 3am to 9pm, constant, constant warbling. The only good thing is
that they suddenly stop in mid July, after a mere 3 months of squawking.
12 May 2015, 16:32
A robin has built her nest in the "fort" area of my kids' swingset. We
moved her nest to a nearby tree, and she built another one. We moved that
nest this morning to a birdhouse that my husband built right next to the
swing-set. When I just checked, I saw that the bird had laid an egg in the
swing-set fort despite the fact that the nest is no longer there. Now what
do we do?
Ask the Exterminator
13 May 2015, 13:48
Do nothing. She will either attend to the egg or abandon it. Robins
continue to lay eggs until they create a successful nest.
19 May 2015, 11:39
I have a nest on a wreath on my front door. The Robin laid the eggs about
three weeks ago. during that time I've done a bunch of yardwork which has
kept her away from her nest quite a bit. it does not appear that they will
hatch now but she is starting to put more nest material over top of the
eggs. Should I remove those eggs so that she can lay additional eggs?
20 May 2015, 07:48
The robin on our window sill has been sitting on her eggs 18 days now. Will
they still hatch? Sometimes she just stands on the edge of the nest looking
at the eggs.