Chris Merkord Posted April 14, 2013 Share Posted April 14, 2013 A robin checks out the scene while looking for a meal at Discovery Park in Seattle one recent day. Long considered a harbinger of spring, robins are now present year-round across much of the country, due to warming temperatures and the proliferation of the berry bushes they feed on in winter. ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES. Rising temperatures and the proliferation of berry bushes in yards across the country have shifted the migratory patterns of the bird everybody thinks they know — but which has actually been studied very little. The species’ ability to thrive alongside humans means it doesn’t get a lot of attention from researchers, who tend to focus on animals in trouble. But those who have studied robins — including several scientists in the Pacific Northwest — marvel at a complex life cycle marked by some of bird-dom’s more dramatic, seasonal about-faces in diet and behavior.View the full article from The Seattle Times Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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