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American Robin currently nesting: January 2013 in Nashville, TN


American RobinExperiencing the spectacle of doomed behavior in local wildlife can be a sad or even heart-wrenching affair for those of us who are diehard animal lovers. Perhaps these situations are all the more heartbreaking upon realizing that climate change is in some way probably at least partly to blame for what amounts to a certain death — by freezing, in this case — approaching the young American Robin chicks, should the eggs now being warmed by the mother bird actually hatch.

This is probably the same American Robin that lost one or more of her chicks to a two story fall onto the driveway below from a nest in the exact same location — on the gutter spout just under the eave — in her second nest of 2012 (late August). (Read post)

As I write this blog post it is MLK Day at 7:30pm CST; the current temperature is a bit over 30 degrees F. Tonight’s low temperature in the Nashville, Tennessee area is expected to drop to around 17 degrees F after midnight.

American RobinWhat else but ridiculously warm, unseasonal winter weather could cause such an American Robin to nest in January here in Nashville? Of course, I may be jumping to this conclusion; however, I fear this episode is portentous and that such behavior will occur more and more often as mankind continues to heat up the average temperature of our world.

If you’ve seen birds nesting in winter locally, I’d appreciate hearing any stories.

Will the female American Robin actually nest through such a deep freeze? We’ll see.


  1. Thank God for your site, as I had become nullified to the wonders of nature….and to life itself in the throes of my disease.These little creatures have survived many generations through conditions worse than this…..and this is temporary: temps well below average. Let’s hope the timing is right for them……….

  2. Hey Don, and thanks much for reading and commenting! This is indeed a sad situation; I’m wondering if there is anything I can do to assist in this unseasonal breeding… something to give these potential lives a slightly better chance.

    Soon, I’ll send you links to recent posts on other blogs in case the subject matter interests you.

  3. We’re seeing startlingly large numbers of Robins in the Belmont/Hillsboro area. At first, I thought that they were Starlings due to the roosting and large numbers of birds. However, the body shape and red belly are unmistakable. Every block I turn, more and more Robins fly out of my path when I’m walking my dog and fly away to trees full of them. Never have I seen so many, even in springtime. This is bad … even eerie! Has anyone else seen such large numbers?

  4. The only reasonable explanation I’ve heard is that the American Robin has been able to nest mostly year-round here in Nashville and other places where it is warmer than it used to be.

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  6. I am amazed at the number of robins covering our yard this year! Am in North Alabama.

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