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Monday, September 12, 2016

Question of the week: Where are all the robins?

Has anyone commented on the fact that there aren’t very many Robins around this year?  I usually have them swimming in my birdbath and see them all over. Not so much this year.   Any ideas why?

Weather plays a big roll in birds' behavior. The drought we experienced this summer may have resulted in fewer worms and other insects available for the American Robins in our yards. The increased use of pesticides from commercial lawn companies also discourages Robins in the yard. Many were forced to forage in other areas for food.

Now that nesting season has ended, they will 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’ve seen them devouring our crab apples, Mountain Ash tree berries, and sometimes under my feeders looking for nuts, mealworms or suet.

A clean bath full of fresh water is a good way to draw robins to the yard. Offering a variety of other natural foods, such as fruits, nuts and seeds provided by trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers will also help attract more robins and other songbirds. More suggestions include serviceberry bushes, dogwoods, viburnum, holly or any fruiting shrubs on your property to draw migrants as well as resident birds. These plants can also provide areas to sing, court, nest, rest and hide, as well as pleasing landscapes.

Related Articles:
Robin building a nest http://why-i-have-mud-in-bird-bath.html
Why Robins are Attracted to Water http://bit.ly/qP9aTs
Bird of the Week: American Robin http://bit.ly/pnUKqk
Fun Facts About The American Robin http://bit.ly/n9CSni
Why robins are called Robin Redbreast and not orange breast http://goo.gl/OB4iT 

2 comments:

BYBirdBlog said...

I honestly have seen a lot of Robins lately here in the Albany, NY area. There was large flock in a state park nearby my house on Saturday.

Anonymous said...

I have seen a lot of Robins as I normally do in my region. On a recent morning I counted over 50 flying from a tree in my yard they roost in overnight. Long Island NY