“He rocks in the treetops all day long, hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and singing his song…”
Spring and Robins – they go together hand-in-hand. You can’t help but smile when you see a Robin because you know that spring is here! Sure there are plenty of other birds in sight, but let’s face it, the Robin is synonymous with the arrival of spring!
Consider adding a small sitting area in your yard surrounded by nearby trees and bushes where you can sit quietly and watch all your beautiful birds up close and personal. Now is a good time to add birdhouses or feeders to your sitting area, yard, patio or deck. Be sure to keep them in a place where they are easy to view.
Birds will be nesting and looking for new homes and scrounging around for materials to build their nests. Birds have been known to pluck fur (cast off from your pets), string and twine to build their nests. And you know that gross dryer lint? Don’t toss it – lay it on branches or bushes – more building material for the birds (talk about recycling!). Got an old hat laying around? Don’t toss it, visit my post Hats Off to Our Feathered Friends in the “nature” category to easily convert that old hat into a birdhouse in minutes by just affixing some twine!
So spend just a little time to encouraging more birds to your yard. In no time at all you’ll be joining Bobby Day and Michael Jackson singing “Go rockin’ robin, you’re really gonna rock tonight!”
American Robin Facts:
. Our American Robin is a very familiar bird covering most of North America.
. Their rich caroling is among the earliest bird songs heard and dawn in spring and summer.
. They are ground foragers, locating earthworms by sight.
. Eggs: average 4, sometime 4 to 7. They are pale blue (robin’s egg blue). Both parents feed their young, but females does more. The young leave the nest 14-16 days after hatching. Two broods per season, sometimes 3.
. Nests: constructed of grasses, twigs and debris that are worked into a solid foundation of mud, lined with fine grasses and plant fibers.
Rockin’ Robin Facts:
Rockin’ Robin was written in 1958 by Leon Rene under the pseudonym of Jimmie Thomas. It was Bobby Day’s biggest hit (’58). In 1972 Michael Jackson released Rockin’ Robin on his first solo LP, Got to Be There. It was the biggest hit off that album.