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Michigan Item: Full-Circle Flier

Issue #1

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robin on branch

Have you ever seen this bird? Maybe it was pulling up a worm or running across your yard. It is the American Robin, Michigan’s State Bird. The robin’s back, wings, and tail are brown, and its belly is red or orange color. Both male and female robins help make the nest, but the female does most of the work. The nest ends up looking like a cup made from grasses, twigs, and mud. The eggs from a robin are light blue. A robin likes to eat worms in the morning and fruit and berries later in the day. It also eats insects.

When winter comes, the robin cannot find worms and berries to eat in the northern states, like Michigan. So it will move, or migrate (my-grate), to a place that has berries for it to eat. Many robins from the north spend the winter months in southern states.

Robins will fly together as they move south. This helps keep them safe. A big group, or flock, of robins can also help each other look for food.

When spring comes and it stays lighter longer, the robin knows that it is time to go back home. The robin migrates back to the northern states, then starts making nests and laying eggs.

Top left photo is four blue robin's eggs in a nest. The bottom right photo is a robin perched in a berry bush.