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More robins spending winter in Iowa


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Those first robins of spring may never have left Iowa, Nebraska or other Midwestern states.  Experts say the relatively mild winter, so far, and enticing food supply combined to make much of the Midwest the hot spot for wintering robins and other birds.  The National Audubon Society's annual Christmas bird count in Iowa recorded more than 2,000 robins in Dallas and Boone counties, in Ames and at Red Rock Lake and Saylorville Reservoir. A year earlier, the total was 44.  In eastern Iowa, 129 robins were found in and near Davenport.  A year earlier the number was 18; in 2000, the figure was five.  In Norfolk, Neb., nearly 270 robins were counted in December and January, compared with 18 a year earlier.

Online AnchorBob Waters

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