The American robin is a common bird found widely across North America and are familiar birds of our suburban environment. They are among the most numerous member of the thrushes and are certainly the most visible member of that otherwise secretive family of birds.
While considered one of the first signs of spring by winter-weary Minnesotans, it may surprise many that robins spend their winters not in some warm southern region but in northern cedar bogs, wetlands, and riverside thickets close to their nesting areas. We just don't see them very often in winter.
Robins are found throughout Minnesota on urban lawns and in deep forests during spring and summer. In winter, look for them along the rivers within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
Last updated: September 28, 2021