Forget tradition! For a long time it was customary to believe that the first appearance of an American Robin in the new year was a harbinger of spring.
Now we know better. Robins can be seen throughout the year around New York Harbor. In fact robins have been known to overwinter in New York State since at least the early 1900s.
Many robins, but certainly not all, arrive to New York Harbor for the winter from nesting sites in eastern Canada. Sometimes huge flocks of robins (into the hundreds of thousands) will overwinter around the harbor, depending largely on the severity of the weather and the abundance of food
STOP THE WILLIAMS FRACKED GAS PIPELINE THROUGH NY HARBOR!
MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS ABOUT NY HARBOR
1. Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City by Leslie Day
2.Heartbeats in the Muck by John Waldman
3. The Fisheries of Raritan Bay by Clyde L. MacKenzie Jr.
4. Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan by Phillip Lopate
5. The Bottom of the Harbor by Joseph Mitchell