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What was the first bird you noticed as a child? Perhaps you heard the cheery song of the American Robin coming from the top of a nearby tree. Or maybe you saw a robin running and pausing on the lawn, cocking its head before extracting a fat, juicy worm from the ground. The robin is often the first bird to wake up and start singing on a spring morning. Sign up for the BirdNote podcast! Begin here.
Cheery American Robin
Written by Frances Wood
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This might be the first bird you noticed as a child. [American Robin singing]
Perhaps you heard the cheery song of an American Robin coming from the top of a nearby tree. Or maybe you saw a robin running and pausing on the lawn, cocking its head before extracting a fat, juicy worm from the ground.
The male robin is often the first bird to wake up and start singing on a spring morning, sometimes well before dawn. The songster belts out his song to guard his turf from other male robins, and to advertise himself, and attract a female for the breeding season. At peak singing, the male robin might repeat his song about 2,000 times each day. [Repeat American Robin song]
For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann.
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Dawn song of the American Robin provided by: The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.
Sound recordist: W.L. Hershberger
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson / Dominic Black
© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org March 2018 / 2021 BirdNote Narrator: Mary McCann
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