The American Robin

Block Island has always been a wonderful spot to go birding, not only because the island is an important stopover during migration, but due to the many species that live here.
At the Block Island School, we are following the tradition started by Elizabeth Dickens, who began the bird program at the School in the early 1900s. We are grateful to Kim Gaffett for continuing it.
Each year, Mrs. Szabo includes a bird unit in her fourth grade class, and asks her students to choose a bird they think will best make the “Block Island Bird of the Year.” Through nature walks, bird banding with Miss Gaffett, and research, each student chose a bird they believe best represents Block Island.
This is the sixth in a series.
The American robin combines cute, beautiful, and simple into one complete package. They stand out from other birds because of their beautiful song. The American Robin would be a wonderful bird to represent Block Island because of its traits and beauty. 
The American Robin is about nine to 11 inches long, and they have a wingspan of 12 to 16 centimeters wide. They weigh about 77 to 85 grams.

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