Where Do Robins Go In Summer?
The Robin or The Robin Red Breast as it is sometimes called is a small plump bird that is easily distinguished by its bright red plumage on the chest.
The Robin is only really seen in winter and because of this, it has become a staple of Christmas cards and decorations. We all love seeing a Robin after the first frost and many people see it as a sign that winter is here, but you might be wondering where do Robins go in summer?
Where Do Robins Go In Summer?
It depends on the Robin. There are two breeds of Robin that you are likely to see in your garden, the UK Robin, and European Robin.
The UK Robin lives in the UK all year round, but they are very territorial and rarely leave their homes and nesting areas. In winter UK Robin venture out to investigate other robins’ areas.
Winter is when Robins look for mates, when you hear robins singing in winter, it is their mating call. Mating can start as early autumn and doesn’t end until spring so don’t be surprised if you see a Robin well into spring.
Once they have found a partner, robins don’t need to sing anymore and return to their nest to nurture their offspring, this happens in summer which is why you really see them in summer.
European Robins are a little different. They are not native to the UK and instead normally live in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
These countries are usually quite cold, and some are pertinently snowy and icy all year round. These European robins thrive in these cold environments, but it can get too much for them.
Much like UK birds migrate to warm countries to avoid UK winters that are too cold for them, European Robins are doing the same thing.
Winter in these Scandinavian countries can be very harsh and can be too cold for the European Robin to survive. This is why they choose to migrate to the UK. Although UK birds find the UK winter too cold, whereas this is the perfect weather for European Robins.
When springs comes around, it becomes too hot for the European Robin and they fly back to Scandinavia when the weather is warm enough for them back home.
What is Migration and Why Do Birds Migrate?
Migration is the name given when animals such as birds make a long journey to another part of the world. There are several reasons for animals to migrate and it is often for the sake of survival.
Birds can migrate to find food or to reach mating grounds. These migrations are often triggered by the weather. Sometimes a harsh winter or cold conditions can mean the food birds normally eat aren’t available for them. If this is the case, then birds might migrate to a warmer climate to find food.
Its estimate that there are around 4000 species of birds that migrate. Whereabouts in the world a bird lives can cause migrations.
Birds that live in Europe, especially cold areas of Europe like Scandinavia will tend to migrate in winter so that can avoid harsh weather and find food in warmer climates.
In parts of the world that are near the equator or have climates that don’t fluctuate, it’s unlikely that the bird will migrate. For example, birds that live in the rainforest tend to live there all year round as food is often abundant. They may travel to another area of the rainforest for mating or nesting but it’s unlikely they will partake in long-distance migration.
How Can I Help Birds Migrating To The UK?
A lot of birds migrate to the UK, especially in winter months, like redwings, bramblings, Bewick’s and whooper swans and many kinds of ducks, geese, and wading birds.
If a bird has migrated to the UK in winter, then they are probably looking for food and respite from a much colder country. Even if the UK is still a little warmer than the country they came from, food can still be hard to find in the UK in winter.
You can help by making your garden a safe place for these migrating birds. you can leave food out for them in a safe place like on a bird feeder or atop a bird table. By placing food in these locations the birds will be safe from predators and are more likely to visit your garden if they feel safe.
Remember to always check that you are feeding birds the food that is right for them. The best way to do this is to purchase your bird food through a bird food specialist. Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Food, we have a wide variety of food to suit any bird.
All of our bird food is of the highest quality and you know that with our bird food, your feathered friends are getting all the nutrients, protein, and calories that they desperately need to survive the winter.