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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What do American Robins eat in the winter?

Do robins get and eat immature pecans from a pecan tree?  Thanks! ~ James

Robins do eat immature pecans as well as lots of other foods in the fall and winter. After nesting season has ended, Robins usually form large nomadic groups that roost at night in the woods. Their diet changes from mostly worms and insects to fruit, nuts and berries. I was watching a group last night devouring our crab apples, Mountain Ash tree berries, tiny flowering pear tree fruit and under my feeders looking for peanuts and pecans.

What robins eat can vary according to location too. But all Robins eat pecans, walnuts, acorns, apples, cherries, and dogwood fruit from trees and the berries of poison ivy, poison oak bayberries, blackberries, blueberries, greenbrier, honeysuckle, juneberries, juniper, madrone, mountain ash, mulberry, pokeberry, pyracantha, raspberry, sassafras, serviceberry, spiceberry, sumac, viburnum, and woodbine.

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