American Robins, which have been seen in Alberta for the past couple of weeks, returned to the Medicine River Wildlife Centre property Friday.
“The loud, clear song of the male announcing his arrival is the best Easter gift we could receive,” MRWC said.
The American robin is a species of songbird that can be found in communities living near people and in remote areas.
Robins generally lay four blue eggs and 14 days after they hatch, the fully feathered babies leave the nest to begin their lessons on how to fly, find food, and in general, learn how to be robins.
“It’s at this time that people, seeing these speckled babies, mistake the flightless young as needing help and bring them to MRWC. In most cases, staff return the young to the parents to continue their work.
“If you are concerned that the parents are no longer in the area, play a ‘robin distress call’ on your phone, and watch the protective parents fly immediately at you to protect their brood.”
The wildlife centre has overwintered one robin, now fully recovered.