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An American robin feasts on crabapples in a West Fargo yard. This individual shows more white facial feathering than most and is likely a female. Keith Corliss / Pioneer

Will it stay or will it go? The curious migration of robins

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It seems I go through this mental exercise every spring, wondering where all the robins are going. Just outside the room where our home computer rests, stands a mature crabapple. Unlike some varieties, this tree is largely ignored by fruit-eating birds during the fall and winter months and usually comes into spring with a decent load of fruit.


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