Date: 2/18/18 11:16 pm From: Nathaniel Wander <nw105...> Subject: [obol] American Robin migration
I too noticed robins on my NW Portland patch this afternoon for the first time since fall.
I'm not sure exactly how this works out in terms of who ends up breeding where, but I believe that American Robins are leap-frog migrators. That is to say, northernmost populations over-leap middle latitude ones in to travel to their wintering grounds and middle-latitude breeders similarly over-leap the most southerly breeders.
Nathaniel WanderPortland, OR
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