Wildlife Wednesday: Robins are Returning!

Spring is officially here, and that means American robins will soon begin building their nests! American robins are some of the first birds to build their nests in spring. They can produce two or three broods per year, creating a new nest for each one. It takes eggs about two weeks to hatch, and another two weeks for the young birds to leave the nest.

The American robin is sometimes called the “suburban bird” because it frequently makes its nests near houses, rather than in forests or grasslands. Robins are especially fond of short, well-manicured suburban lawns, where it’s easy for them to forage for worms. Learn more about these suburban birds from our friends at the National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute ( and the University of Michigan (

(Photo: Kimberly Briggs)