[Tweeters] Robins lately

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 16 10:11:59 PDT 2021

Dear Tweeters,
At my place in the lower upper middle Skagit Valley, American Robins appear to be about normal in numbers this year. Two pairs nested here, one on an old light fixture in our barn, one in a Cotoneaster bush that grows on the south-facing wall of our shed. Both of these spots have been used by Robins in previous years. I have seen a few of the fledged birds in the yard the last few days.
There are still a few Robins singing now, although there are far fewer birds of any species singing now than just a week or two ago. Last night, eight or more Robins flew over our house. That seemed like a post-breeding movement.
On the 12th of July, we took a hike from Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Pass. There were four Robins foraging along the trail in alpine terrain, just below the pass. I see Robins there about one out of every three visits, so I was happy to find them. It was quite smoky up there, from wildfires just east of the pass; I thought that maybe the Robins and some of the birds I was seeing might have come up-slope in response to the fires.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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